Ultimatium
Hwainoo


3.0
good

Review

by my trash taste is stuck in the past USER (26 Reviews)
October 6th, 2013 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brimming with potential, Hwainoo is Ultimat(ium)ely held back by a lack of originality.

Power metal is easy to come across. Interesting power metal, on the other hand, is a rarity. While some beacons of light stand out, many bands go for an epic feeling, evocative of images of high fantasy and the sound of adventure. They often succeed, but due to the vast quantity of groups achieving this goal, it seems less impressive. This brings us to Hwainoo. Hwainoo is the second album by Finnish power metallers Ultimatium. The album shows clear spots of potential, but it doesn't quite come together effectively enough to be considered impressive.

It's not hard to tell that this is a power metal album. Indulging completely in the aforementioned flights of fantasy, Ultimatium clearly does not believe in subtlety. Hitting you in the face right out of the gates with the frenzied Fight The Time, Ultimatium decides to show no restraint and tries their hand at simply being the best in the field. While the first track may lead you to believe they are, in fact, this good, the album dips somewhat in quality and winds up being fun, but not memorable. Due to the devotion to all things whimsical, and the saturation of overblown symphonies, the album is somewhat lacking in anything that truly sticks for a long time.

While the composition could be better, the performances would be hard to top without sacrificing the overall quality. Showcasing blazing speed alongside technical prowess, the only major issue with the album is the vocal performance. While it has energy to spare, the tone of voice can be off-putting on first listen, and may take some time to properly adjust to and accept. It fits well in songs such as Play The Game, but could overall do with some improvement.

It's hard to say Ultimatium aren't trying, as Hwainoo is still a very fun album, showing clear signs of potential. The major issue is that it's somewhat throwaway, and some weaker moments bog the album down somewhat.

Highlights:
Fight The Time
Set The Sails
Play The Game



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Mister Twister
October 5th 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Trying to not get rusty. As usual, constructive criticism is welcomed.

good god why did i say somewhat so much

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2013


7097 Comments


That, and a stupid album name.


Remove, way to review the music.

Mister Twister
October 6th 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wanted to be funny :c

I comply. I'm leaving the Ultimat(ium)ely in there though.

FiveLeavesLeft
October 6th 2013


9838 Comments


Heavy Metal Slug

FrozenVain
October 6th 2013


2445 Comments


"Ultimat(ium)ely"

Wow, that's clever. Cool review, man. Pos'd

Vespiion
October 7th 2013


1222 Comments


Hwainoo, huh?

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Mister Twister
October 7th 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah. I even checked if it was a word in some other language, but I couldn't get anything. Weird "word".

Mister Twister
November 6th 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Kind of considering bumping this to a 3.5, Play the Game is so good.

Not all that likely though, it's still flawed on the whole.



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