Artizan are a band I have been fond of since their first album in 2011. Masterminded by drummer Ty Tammeus, they blazed a trail on the melodic power metal world with a truly impactful mark on an oftentimes droll and repetitive genre. I’ve said it before, and will keep saying, there are some amazing bands on the power metal scene, but there are an equal amount of bands that are so derivative I find it tough to enjoy most of them.
The guitar/bass texturing and vocal hisitronics of TOM BRADEN bring to mind the Ray Adler fronted era of FATES WARNING circa 1991 or so, but the songs have a certain vitality and sparkle that brings to mind some of the better albums of latter day JUDAS PRIEST
The guitars reach an interesting climax that holds the songs together once again in the tune “Fading Story’ and the last tune the Epic title track prowls its way forward with sense and conviction incorporating all the metal elements that make great bands stand up and get noticed.