The second release we have received from Kaminari shows an excellent band maturing musically that has something different to offer within the metal genre while maintaining a traditional metal approach on “Faraday’s Dream”. ”Vampire Vanity” is a real good introduction to the style of Kaminari; they are definitely a melodic metal band with hints of power metal thrown in for good measure. The songs are pretty much immediately recognizable after a listen or two, pointing towards the bands strong knack for composing quality melodies. Other standout tracks through the CD include “Eye-Borg”, “Phillip Marlowe” (which is my personal favorite track on the disc), “Guardian Angel” and “Babylon” all of which including “Vampire Vanity” could be metal radio worthy as singles. I still am not crazy about the modern leanings of “My Black Colors” which appears twice on this CD as it did on their debut.
Vocalist Roland Seidel has a real different (in a good way) sounding voice than your typical metal singer. Seidel’s rich tones are very unique and made this release even more appealing having previously reviewed their debut 6 track CD. Seidel has an excellent voice for the material and is one of the guys when you hear him once, you know who the band is when you hear him again. The closest vocal comparison I can draw for Seidel would be Blaze Bayley. The guitar duo of Bernd A. Wick and Timo Reichle are excellent as well giving Kaminari a distinct guitar sound as well and not rehashing current power metal riffs.
Overall, I am really impressed with Kaminari as they took the time to record a mini-CD before recording this 12-track CD and the strength of this release should be noticeable to any metal labels that are looking at the band. Given a chance, I believe Kaminari could do respectfully well on a larger label considering the quality of their material.