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Dark Connection

Beast In Black are a heavy metal band from Finland formed in 2015, releasing their debut album 'Berserker' in 2017 and their sophomore album 'From Hell With Love' in 2019. The band have toured with the likes of Rhapsody Of Fire and Nightwish, and in 2021, 'Dark Connection' - the bands third album, was released.    
Beast In Black have exploded onto the metal scene with their energetic blend of traditional come power metal. The Finnish outfit have risen quickly - releasing three albums in a little under four years! 'Dark Connection' is a weighty twelve song offering spanning almost an hour in length, storming into life with the bombastic opener 'Blade Runner'. Fast paced and full of fire and brimstone, 'Blade Runner' is a scorcher, blazing a trail of fire as it hurtles across the land. And the gritty, aggressive nature of singer Yannis Papadopoulos's vocals are as emphatic as ever! 'Bella Donna' drops a gear, yet maintains the albums storming start as far as oomph, urgency and purpose are concerned. The dramatic and infectious nature of the bands previous two albums is present here too - maybe more than before. There's just something about the Beast In Black sound that turns heads, and makes listeners sit up and take notice.    
Adopting the heavy hitting, foot stomping style of metal, 'Highway To Mars' is a melodic monster, swaggering forth like it owns the place - and for the moment it does, as Beast In Black continue to batter ears with an unrelenting intensity. An infectious intensity that is just superb. With an upsurge in the battering, 'Hardcore' is a savage barrage of hard hitting heavy metal to head bang to - very hard! The heaviest song so far, 'Hardcore' features the most glorious sing a long-able chorus - you'll be singing along in next to no time, and chanting "hardcore" like your lives depend on it. With even more oomph and oof, 'One Night In Tokyo' bludgeons the senses with no mercy! The band delivering the kinda punches heavy weight boxing champions use to destroy their opponents. First single off the album 'Moonlight Rendezvous', returns the mid tempo swagger of earlier. Maintaining the albums highly melodic nature, 'Moonlight Rendezvous' gives the listener a slight breather from the relentless barrage of bombast that Beast In Black have dished out across the albums first half.    
And with an emphatic upsurge in pace and aggression, 'Revengeance Machine' is a rampant firestorm of furious heavy metal - the aggressive nature bordering on the levels you'd expect from a thrash metal band! The pace of 'Revengeance Machine' is phenomenal, the head bang ability furious, and Beast In Black deliver one of the albums major highlights. Restoring the more "usual" pace we've come to expect from the band, 'Dark New World' is yet another hard hitting power, come heavy metal combination - all the while maintaining the albums overall melodious intent. 'Dark Connection' is a powerful album loaded with hooks, lines, and melodies to keep you highly entertained from start to finish. The crushing crescendo of metal moves swiftly on - and I'm telling ya there's hardly time to take a breath - with 'To The Last Drop Of Blood'. With its thunderous gallop of traditional "foot on the monitor" inspired heavy metal, 'To The Last Drop Of Blood' is a screamer to please.    
Bustling heavy metal takes a front seat with 'Broken Survivors' - still maintaining the albums melodious intent and highly infectious nature. 'Dark Connection' is an addictive album, and one that you won't skip a single song. For each and every song are gems, and you'll want to experience every second of them. Entering ballad territory, 'My Dystopia' doesn't stay there very long - meandering through the ballad, hymn, and anthemic styles of metal. A swaggering monolith of mid tempo stomp, 'My Dystopia' finally allows a break from the breathless pace of the album. And to the albums final song, a cover of 'Battle Hymn' by Manowar, from the bands 1982 debut album 'Battle Hymns'. And what a glorious cover it is - keeping to the pace of the original, and maintaining the originals epic and tension filled atmosphere.    
Overall, a glorious and breathless gallop of high energy and emphatic heavy metal, 'Dark Connection' is a bombastic blast of fire and brimstone.    
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV    
Review is also featured at Metal-Roos    
Other Reviews    

"a thunderous and simply superb debut album, stacked to the rafters with power metal gems and delicacies to tingle your senses from start to finish" Read Review      

From Hell With Love      
"bombastic and energetic heavy metal, one hundred percent infectious and a bloody great listen, Beast In Black have served up a terrific treat" Read Review