Traveler (CAN)
Traveler


3.8
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
April 13th, 2019 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The power of the riff compels you!

If you’re into traditional metal, you are already familiar with Borrowed Time and Gatekeeper, two of the genre’s most successful modern bands. On Traveler, those bands’ charismatic vocalist, Jeane-Pierre Abboud, has teamed up with Matt Ries, who is entirely responsible for the songwriting on here, and the outcome is some fist-pumping, balls-out heavy metal. Granted, these guys are not here to reinvent the wheel, but their debut cannot be characterized as cheap copy either. For most of its duration, the Canadians’ debut is a speedy affair that brings to mind Iron Maiden and Judas Priest on steroids (Deaf Dealer too, for those of you who wish to dig deeper into the Canadian heavy metal scene). That means a strong sense of melody, galloping guitars like on “Up to You”, infectious guitar harmonies (“Starbreaker”), and some of the best twin-guitar you’ve heard this year. In addition, the guitar solos reveal some hard rock flair, reminiscent of the great Mark Reale and complement the riff-fest that Traveler is.

One surprising element here, that numerous modern metal bands tend to forget, is the audible bass which makes the sound fuller and deeper. In addition, their solid vocalist, JP Abboud, whose gruff, and not overall approach, brings to mind the great Jon Oliva, is also one of the reasons that make this album so enjoyable. Furthermore, the US metal touches, courtesy of Omen and Brocas Helm, provide an epic touch, which also gives Traveler a genuine retro feeling. Towards the end of the album, the Canadians also show that they’re not a one-trick pony, when they slow things down and deliver the goods on the mid-paced, anthemic "Fallen Heroes”.

Granted, some of the songs prolong their stay and there’s nothing new under the sun on here. But, at the same time, Traveler is consistent, full of great riffs and with a duration of 38 minutes, perfect for a beer or two. So, it remains to be seen whether these guys will stand the test of time, but for the time being, they have created one of the best traditional metal albums of the year.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2019


11743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Just a short write-up to bring this one to your attention.

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DeadBitchAlexis
April 13th 2019


1852 Comments


Saw this album on my YouTube homepage a couple days ago been meaning to give it a good go.

TheNotrap
April 13th 2019


11609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

“The power of the riff compels you!”



Damn, this is MANDATORY jam

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TheNotrap
April 13th 2019


11609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jamming now, I'm not a big fan of the vocals (the mixing doesn’t help either) but the Priest-esque guitars are indeed cool



On target review, as always manosg

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2019


11743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks dude! Appreciate you always checking my reviews.

TheNotrap
April 14th 2019


11609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HE’S STAAARBREEEEAAKER

RunOfTheMill
April 14th 2019


4022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I looooooooooove this record, been my jam for the past few weeks. Absolutely right that JP Abboud has that Jon Oliva feel to him, though I'd Abboud say manages to project his voice a little more.



If you like this, check the Trapped Under Ice: The New Face of Canadian Heavy Metal vol. 1, the first track is from these guys and the rest is really really solid stuff from a collection of up-and-coming bands (also in heavy rotation for me)

TheNotrap
April 15th 2019


11609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mindless Maze rocks, its guitar leads are my fav moment on the album

starboystargirl
April 15th 2019


540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album ain't bad but it could have benefited from a bit of beefier mixing. everything sounds so thin and compressed

manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2019


11743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Glad you're enjoying this one guys. Agreed Run, Trapped Under Ice is really cool; those Canadians know how to create good heavy metal.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2019


8403 Comments


Great stuff Manos, love the vocals as much as the music.

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budgie
April 18th 2019


12175 Comments


wtf wrong band delete (my) post

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2019


11743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Sorry budg, your post will stay here until the end of humanity or Sputnik, whichever comes first.



Thanks Voi and agreed, love the vox on here.

Illoomorpheme
April 20th 2019


392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah this finally got reviewed.



Mindless Maze is the peak here 100%.



Been also bopping the new Booze Control and Haunt albums.



Solicitor is also great but a lot more on the raw speed side.

TheNotrap
April 20th 2019


11609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Mindless Maze is great

deslad
May 2nd 2019


645 Comments


Nice review man. Since it "brings to mind Iron Maiden and Judas Priest on steroids", this is definitely a must-listen.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2019


11743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

m/

ChaoticVortex
May 10th 2019


814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Old-school heavy metal with old-school riffs, old-school production and vocals without feeling like try-hard retro-metal. Starbreaker is one of the best metal tracks of 2019 but the rest of it is very solid as well.

ChaoticVortex
May 10th 2019


814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also I'm really glad to be on Sputnik, because stuff like this would probably fly under my radar.



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