September 01 – Review by Stefan – KENZINER – PHOENIX (Pure Steel Records / Soulfood)

On the 26th. June 2020 the Finnish quintet Kenziner (formed in 1994) released their fourth studio album “Phoenix”, a 10-track masterpiece to be proud of. Progressive Power Metal made its appearance in the 90s, at one point we were literally inundated with new bands, of which many of them came from Italy. Since their classic albums “Timescape” (1998) and The Prophecies (1999) these guys has been guaranteeing Neo-Classical/Melodic/Progressive Power Metal, presented at a very high level. Each formation did its utmost to conquer a place in this busy and much discussed gem, but as always, only the most talented survived the scene. Masterbrain Jarno Keskinen (guitars) had to involve a new vocalist named Peter ‘Zinny’ Zalesky for the records of their third effort “The Last Horizon”, launched back in 2014, that’s 15 years after their previous album ! In any case, I am very pleased with the fact that this fine band is still among us for serving up high quality Metal music.

We still remain under the spell of the annoying Virus Covid-19, which also affects our favorite style of music, Metal ! 2020 will forever remain in our memories as the most annoying year with so many uncertainties, almost unbearable and hopefully a vaccine will come soon so that we can resume normal life. Despite bizarre times, I am very happy to share my thoughts with you about one of the best bands from Finland, Kenziner ! READ MORE…