Indica – “Shine” (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Review by Cristina Gregori

The finnish all female rockers, Indica, are ready to explode with a brand new album. After their 5th album A Way Away”, the first album entirely in English, and a big tour with symphonic metal masters Nightwish in 2009, Indica is ready to shine (again) with the new full length. The album welcomes us with “Mountain Made of Stone”, an atmospheric tune. With the second track, “Uncovered”, you can feel how Jonsu‘s vocals improved and I really liked it, then leads us to “A Definite Maybe”, the forthcoming single and it simply sounds typically Indica, so very catchy.  The best song is surely “Goodbye to Berlin”, is the semiballad that you won’t expect: an energetic start that with a coup de théâtre unexpectedly slow down for its finale. “Hush Now Baby” starts with a piano intro, it’s pretty symphonic, almost touching and its vocal part is amazing.

From a full symphonic track now we’re headed to a rock track: is “A Kid in the Playground” whose bass, guitar and drums are simply perfectly working in harmony. The album ends with “War Child”, another atmospheric song. The whole album is good, it can be sometimes a bit too slow but I can sense a general musical development from the band, everything works in the right way like an oiled machine and the lyrics are really good. “Shine” is an album that embraces you with pure light, it doesn’t pretend to be a milestone but you can feel that Jonsu & Co. have put all their souls in it.

Rating – 80/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Mountain Made of Stone
  2. Uncovered
  3. A Definite Maybe
  4. Goodbye to Berlin
  5. Run Run
  6. Here and Now
  7. Missing
  8. Hush Now Baby
  9. Behind the Walls
  10. A Kid in the Playground
  11. War Child

 

Line Up

  • Leena Johanna “Jonsu” Salomaa – Vocals, Violin, Guitars, Keyboards
  • Jenny Julia Mandelin – Guitars, Backing Vocals
  • Sirkku Maria Karvonen – Keyboards, Clarinet, Backing Vocals
  • Heini Anniina Säisä – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Laura Johanna Häkkänen – Drums, Backing Vocals

 

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