HOLLOW

Voodoo Hill Hollow - Modern Cathedral (Nuclear Blast) 1998

1. "Trademark" (4:47)
2. "Can You Hear Me?" (3:32)
3. "Speak to Me" (4:02)
4. "Bagatell" (3:50)
5. "Crusaders" (3:43)
6. "Lies" (4:11)
7. "Wounds" (3:15)
8. "In Your Arms" (4:30)
9. "Whispers" (4:07)
10. "Hold Your Banners High" (3:42)
11. "What I Can Be" (4:08)
12. "Waiting" (4:53)


Originally released on a small record company (MM records in Umeň, Sweden) the band was signed to Nuclear Blast in 1997 who reissued "Modern Cathedral" with new cover art. Hollow combine power metal with heavy progressive metal. They manage to blend mid-80's Queensryche with a traditional European power metal sound. Unlike many progressive metal bands, however, Hollow aren't overly technical. They are also heavier than most progressive band. Unlike many power metal bands, "Modern Cathedral" isn't packed with keyboards. Rather, I think the best description for "Modern Cathedral" is just heavy metal. The vocals are unique and charismatic, although I do hear some similarities to Tom Malicoat of Lethal. The music is mostly mid-paced, but the fine line the band draws between the heavy guitar riffs and melodic song writing is enchanting and held my interest enough that I even wanted to hit the back button a few times and hear a song over again on the first listen. "Crusader" was one such number. This song is an excellent, heavy, mid-paced romp with a hook that could catch a shark. The follow-up song "Lies" is also interesting as it adds in some banjo. This might sound like a bad thing but it really works in much the same way it worked in Aerosmith's classic "Kings and Queens". Other tracks which are definite highlights are "Hold Your Banners High," and "Waiting."

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