Label : Musica Production
Review by Tony Cannella
Russia’s Narwhal Tusk released their debut album “In Despair” back in 2010. Now this operatic, symphonic power metal band returns with a two song single EP called “Memory Lane”.
I recently revisited their debut and found that I like it more now, than when I first heard it and I wish I gave it a higher grade in my review – 78/100, it was definitely deserving of a higher score. After listening to this 9-minute, 2-song EP my feelings have been confirmed – Narwhal Tusk are a really good band. The title track opens the single and vocalist Valentina Yastremskaya is in top operatic, form. Some male vocals join her on this song – I believe they are performed by keyboardist Dmitry Taranov. The keyboards gives Narwhal Tusk a somewhat prog element to the opener. “Deny, Deny” is the second and final track. This has a nice mid-tempo pace to it and has Valentina handling all of the vocals on this one. Sometimes operatic singers can go a little over-the-top with their vocal gymnastics, but Valentina’s style is just perfect. So, I apologize to the band for giving their debut a lower score than it deserved. “Memory Lane” is fantastic for 2-songs, but not enough. Hopefully, “Memory Lane” is a pre-cursor to a new full-length from Narwhal Tusk.
Rating – 85/100
- Memory Lane
- Deny, Deny
- Valentina Yastremskaya – Lead Vocals
- Dmitry Slutsky – Guitars
- Danil Tolkachov – Bass
- Dmitry Taranov – Keys & Vocals
- Dmitry Cherchesov – Drums