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Written by James Gaden     June 28, 2013    
 
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Shows flashes of potential but generally it is a disappointing effort.

Skadika is a female fronted metal band from Germany that originally formed in 2005. There have been multiple line-up changes since the first incarnation as well as changes in style and musical direction. In 2010 they released their first album 'Winter' and 2012 saw a low point with all members leaving bar vocalist and founder Jule. The band is now complete again and they have been working on their follow up 'Frozen Legends'.

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There are eight tracks and an intro on '…Legends', all consisting of what I can best describe as Battle Metal with a Symphonic background. The intro promises much as does the opening of 'Trapped' but quickly the marauding and oppressive thrash rhythm guitar winds up and takes over. This pretty much sums up the album as a whole. There are some good Symphonic passages and some good melodies on the six string scattered about, but all too often that is ruined by the sheer ferocity of the guitar that appears nearly constantly from start to finish. When Skadika takes some venom out the axe work, like in parts of 'Avalon' and 'The Hero's Way', there is some enjoyment to be had. Jule is a shouty type of singer that fits the music but she could do with experimenting with her range and pitch a little bit more for variety. Sadly, like everything else, she was often buried by the guitar and not helped by the albums main fatal flaw, which is some fairly average mixing. This complex dense style of music needs crisp, polished mixing whereas 'Legends' rates as raw, tinny and any emphasis there is being placed on the guitar, which was already taking over too much. With a better production effort and a little less anger in the guitar, Skadika could surprise people.

This album shows flashes of potential but generally it is a disappointing effort and there are far better albums to focus your attention on.

Dave Scott

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