Country: Russia
Title: Illusion of Choice
Label: Requiem Distribution
Year: 2017
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Probably Melodic Death Metal is a too strong label for Svartstorm's music, but the biggest similarities are with this genre, adding on top Power Metal, Gothic Doom and Melodic Heavy Metal influences to result into an eclectic, versatile music that's quite hard to locate on a certain path. This is the band's debut album, released after a couple of EPs and singles that paved the way during the 6 years of Svartstorm's existence. I've listen to it twice already and what stood out after these coupld of auditions were the keyboards that reminded me a lot of the East European Metal keyboards tone used in the end of '90's - beginning of the '00's, and the good vocal performance in both clean and growling vocal territories. It's not a game changing release, but it's enjoyable, professionally crafted, solid and curdled, and so for a debut full-length I think the band can be proud of what they realized. The CD booklet is completely in Russian, someone like me who doesn't know a bit of this language might get frustrated for not understanding a thing, but since the lyrics are also completely in Russian I guess the band is exclussively addressing to Russian speaking audiences. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10