A few weeks ago, I accidentally watched a video called Jeah! Heviszaurus. And I thought: oh my god, what is this sh*t? Low cost Lordi from Hungary? And I couldn't be more wrong: first, the video was the hungarian remake of the original, and secondly, this band, Hevisaurus prove to be quite good. After listening to their second single, Viimeinen mammutti, I was convinced: I like Hevisaurus.
Unlike the hungarian version, where the 'band' had two quite deep, bluesy toned vocalist, the original had only one, high-pitched, a typical finnish/scandinavian heavy metal voice, and his voice fits the music a bit better, than his Central-European colleagues'. Musically, the whole album is a mix of traditional heavy metal with neoclassical power metal, with a bit blend of folkish vocal playing. We don't know the real instrumentalists on the record, but here's something we know: there's a round of famous, or at least, well known guest musicians here, including Jens Johansson of Stratovarius.
There's no complaint about the instrumentals: catchy melodies, heavy riffing, well-known tunes, and of course, metal heaviness can be heard with more than decent instrument use.
The lyrics are a bit cheezy, but who cares, really? This is a record for children, and you can't expect Steven Wilson-like complex structures, metaphores and poetical pictures, when there's a need of simpleness.
One of the highlights of the album is the song Viimeinen Mammutti, recalling the metal ballads style of the 80's. The other big shot is Louhikäärme ja ritari, a perfect cloning of the style of Iron Maiden, with heavy bass playing, galloping guitars, with a perfect Maiden feeling in it.
Pro: very catchy, the best of heavy and power metal, something good for our children, a bit of humor
Contra: it's not enough for our children (we need more Hevisaurus!), could be with better lyrics
Recommended for our children, NOW! And everyone who wants to be entertained without being serious, and of course, every heavy/power fans out there!