"On The Spur Of The Moment"

By Colonel Angus

 I keep reading about the death of the CD and the album format and it gets me depressed.  The art of making an album may die off in my lifetime and the world will be a worse place for it.  This latest Brainstorm release is a great example of what we will be missing if bands stop making a whole record instead of just a few “singles”.  I am new to Brainstorm but "On The Spur Of The Moment" is a great release.  I can’t compare it to previous releases so I am just judging it based on it’s own.  When reading about the group, I kept coming across the term “German Power Metal” which is not entirely accurate in my opinion.  Of all the track on offer here, only “Where Your Actions Lead You To Live” really falls into that category.  It is a fast paced cut that possesses that double bass galloping that is synonymous with power metal.  Instead I would classify Brainstorm as just a heavy metal band that leans more towards the traditional side of things.  Sure, the guitars are a bit more modern but there are tunes like “ Temple Of Stone ” and “Still Insane” that would be right at home on a late 80’s metal record.  And I mean that as a compliment.  All the songs here are quality tunes that make for a great complete record.  Even though songs like “A Life On Hold” and “No Sinner – No Saint” can be listened to on their own, having them incorporated along with other tracks is what makes this record special.  It’s not a concept album but all the material fits together a forms a solid release.

The fine folks at AFM Records bring you "On The Spur Of The Moment" and they can add this one to their large roster of quality albums.  The group consists of Andy B Frank on vocals, who at times sounds a little like Zachery Stevens from Circle II Circle.  The guitars are handles by Toresten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric and they produce some really solid riffing throughout.  The solos are tasteful and not overdone while some of the song intros have a very Savatage feel to them.  Just listen to “In The Blink Of An Eye” and “Dark Life” for a good example of the Savatage influence.  Antonio Ieva (bass) and Dieter Bernert (drums) provide a solid foundations for all the others to build upon.  The Germans are known for their great heavy metal bands and Brainstorm is no exception.

 If CDs do in fact die, I hope bands like Brainstorm will still produce a record’s worth of material for release (whatever format that will take) because there is no “filler” song on this album.  "On The Spur Of The Moment" is as solid as they come.  If you haven’t heard Brainstorm before, then I highly recommend this release.  I, for one, will start getting their other albums because it’s not often that I come across something that makes me want to go and investigate a band’s back catalogue.