sword of Damokles is hanging threateningly above “Finland’s
Finest”, WALTARI. After an almost five year
long abstinence the weirdest metal band Europe’s returns and
wants to prove that they still can be counted on in the new millennium.
5 years is quite a long period, especially when the last official
studio-album Radium Round wasn’t
a big hit either. With Life Without Love they therefore
put out a single EP just in time for Xmas that will be followed
by a longplayer in February. But the result leaves me a bit helpless.
Especially the title-track of this 3-song-single doesn’t fill
me with enthusiasm, doesn’t offer the typical WALTARI-feeling
at all and sounds more like a b-side track. On the other side One
Day – already spinning in the Finnish charts –
is a cool rocker and reminds me of Big Bang’s
Atmosfear. Here everything fits perfectly and you recognize
the costly production, though the track itself spreads no innovation
at all. But since it is a radio-compatible track I will get over
it. Eventually Billy Gould (ex-Faith No More) has done a remix for
Life Without Love which is a quite boring affair without
heights or depths.
I am very curious what the new album will be about. This single
EP, however, is for die-hard-fans only...