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Prayer – Silent Soldiers [2018]

“Silent Soldiers” is the new album from Finnish melodic hard rock band Prayer reemerging after a six years absence. Prayer play technical melodic hard rock with emphasis on challenging, yet catchy songwriting integrating high pitched quire vocals, string arrangements, inventive rhythm section and impressive guitar work. The line up on “Silent Soldiers” features Tapani Tikkanen who is the main driving force behind the band who handle all the vocals parts and guitars, bassist Tom Pohjola, guitarist Jukka Ihme, keyboardist Mike Pohjola and Ville Hanhisuanto on drum duties.

On a personal level, when I come across a Prayer release, I purchase without hesitation as the band have effectively proven through the past two releases that they would not put on the market anything less than an amazing album. So, provided a reasonable price, Prayer is amongst the safest choices for any fan of melodic hard rock. They bring together thick yet harmonious riffs, mind blowing lead guitar parts, totally intriguing solos, huge adrenaline-fuelled choruses effectively managing to sound catchy and passionate at the same time. And much like their previous releases, “Silent Soldiers” is amazing track after amazing track, you might even find that most of the songs have strong radio quality due to their catchy tempo and vocal lines. Favorite tracks include “Silent Treatment”, “Fires of the Heart”, “Feel Like a Prisoner”, “King of the Hill” and “No Given, All Taker” are prime examples of their work.

It is also important to mention that “Silent Soldiers” is far from being an over-produced album especially when taking into account the plain sound of the rhythm section and the rather unprocessed vocals which give a somewhat raw, yet authentic, essence to the material. The twelve tracks on offer here make for a satisfactory dose of melodic hard rock-keeping in mind that there are no fillers on “Silent Soldiers”.

Band Members
Jukka Ihme – Guitar
Tapani Tikkanen – Lead/background vocals,guitar,percussion
Mike Pohjola – Keyboards
Tom Pohjola ­ Bass
Ville Hanhisuanto ­ Drums

Tracks
01. Silent Treatment
02. Rock and a Hard Place
03. Fires of the Heart
04. Feel like a Prisoner
05. Ten days of Hell
06. Dead Dog
07. Ghost Train
08. Devil’s Daughter
09. King of the Hill
10. Get me out of Here
11. No Giver, All Taker
12. Mystery Island

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