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A couple of more albums of this calibre and Psychework could well accomplish their own special unbelievable status.

Rising from the ashes of Finnish Metal band Machine Men comes the Power/Symphonic Metal of Psychework, breathing fire into the genre with their debut album 'The Dragon's Year'.

The fact that this album is actually seeing the light of day is fantastic news as lead singer Antony Parviainen has been battling leukaemia. The recording of this music has obviously been very cathartic to Parviainen and it will be of no surprise that his terrible illness has been an inspiration for most of the lyrics. With this in mind, the listening can be, at times, quite heavy going as this is a very intense and foreboding recording.
Parviainen's vocals have a similarity to one Bruce Dickinson, notably on the straight-ahead, European Metal of album opener 'Hand On Heart'. The rest of the album falls into a dark mesh of Symphonic and Power Metal, perfectly highlighted in 'Bullet With My Name'.

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A very solid rhythm section of Ville Koskinen on bass and Juuso Raatikainen on drums support the twin-guitar attack of Juha Takanen and J-V Hintikka, but it is the keys of Otto Närhi that I personally think holds the album together. Without the latter, many of the tracks like 'Tide' and 'Vale Of Tears' would be too oppressive to my ears.

'Keep The Flame' is both passionate and powerful; to be honest, as is most of the album. The instrumentation of 'Barricades Won't Fall' brings to mind Kamelot, whilst 'Tear Of The Phoenix' is a very philosophical song. The title track concludes in menacing fashion and proves that this release is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

A mythical serpent is a fanciful animal and a couple of more albums of this calibre and Psychework could well accomplish their own special unbelievable status.

Mark Donnelly

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