PERTNESS
Power Metal / Traditional heavy metal • Switzerland

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Pertness are a Swiss power metal band, formed in 1993 in Bern.
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Seven Times Eternity
Power Metal 2008
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From the Beginning to the End
Power Metal 2010
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Frozen Time
Traditional heavy metal 2012

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1994
Power Metal 1994
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Pörtness GmBh
Power Metal 1998
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Pertness
Power Metal 1998
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Masslos
Power Metal 2008

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PERTNESS From the Beginning to the End

Album · 2010 · Power Metal
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J-Man
The Power Metal Legacy

From the Beginning to the End is my kind of power metal. It's original, it's enjoyable, it's captivating, and (most of all) you won't find these traits hidden under thick layers of Velveeta cheese. Although firmly rooted in the European power metal scene, Pertness frequently deviates from the genre's mold, resulting in a strikingly original piece of power metal. This Swiss band clearly takes influence from the icy mountains and traditional folk music of their homeland, while their near-18 year experience further adds to their refined sound. Pertness is a band I've discovered only recently, but I can confidently put From the Beginning to the End among the best power metal releases of 2010. People who like the genre, but can pass on the excess layers of cheese, are advised to check this one out.

As previously mentioned, Pertness plays a style of power metal with heavy folk leanings. "Foggy Dew" is a popular Celtic folk song, which the band successfully metal-izes with positive results. Many of the other tracks draw from Celtic folk influences, and that's really what gives this band so much of their charm. The raw vocal delivery from Tom Schluchter also stands out to me. His voice takes some getting used to, but it's ultimately one of the best things about this album - I just love his rough, masculine tone. Don't expect any falsettos from him on this album. Chris Gutknecht's drumming is also a shining asset here. He has a powerful, commanding style with an impressive amount of complexity. My only real issue here is related to the production. Although I'd surely take this raw sound over many other contemporary power metal productions, the sound of the drums is really weak. They're too high in the mix for my tastes, and the snare drum can get tedious at times. Production doesn't usually affect my listening experience too much, though, and that surely applies here.

Conclusion:

From the Beginning to the End has just about everything you could ask for from a power metal album. It's original, impressive, and undoubtedly fun to listen to. Despite my few nitpicky complaints, this is a stellar release that fans of power metal don't want to miss out on. For Pertness' excellent second full-length, 4 stars are well-deserved. If you're not allergic to some folk influences in your power metal, this is an album for you! Recommended!

PERTNESS From the Beginning to the End

Album · 2010 · Power Metal
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Time Signature
The legacy...

Genre: power metal

Here's some power metal for ya. Go ahead and dig in - there's not a lot of cheese here. The things that make power metal great are there, such as the guitar melodies and the epically catchy vocal lines, but the production is darker and the riffage is heavier than what is typical of epic power metal. Vocalist Tom Schluchter has a very powerful and raw voice which suits the music quite well.

Tracks like "From the Beginning" and "Another Innocent Victim" are in the heavy department, while other tracks like "My Prophecy" and "Remember the Faces" are quite uptempo and reminiscent of melodeath at times.

Other tracks like "Invisible Chains", "The Legacy" and "Foggy Dew" (a popular Celtic folk ballad title) draw more on Celtic folk music both in terms of melody and instrumentation.

This album has received a number of good reviews since it came out, and I understand why. Recommended to fans of power metal.

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