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Tales From North

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B00000JYEG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Cook on April 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Tales from the North is one of the best power metal cd's I've ever heard, and one of the best period. I love the whole viking concept theme, and look forward to their next cd, which is based on the ancient Roman empire. The band does an excellent job of writing inspiring stories about Odin, Asgard, Valhalla and plenty of other gods and places from Norse mythology. One minor complaint, however, is that a number of the songs seem to have a very similar structure, starting out with a fast trilling guitar rhythm and continuing that into a standard hymn-like power metal chorus. However, it works so who am I to complain.
As I mentioned before, the chorus's are like most power metal chorus's, with whole choirs of voices singing behind the singer to give it an epic, spine-tingling effect, and it works particularly well with these songs. The singer, Frederica, should also be pointed out. Her voice isn't quite the clean style of singing used by most power vocalists, nor is it the growling used by alot of death vocalists; it's somewhere in between. And it gives it a unique touch, distancing White Skull from other female-fronted bands like Nightwish and Theatre of Tragedy.
My favorite tracks are probably the first three (not counting the intro), "Tales from the North", "Asgard", and "Gods of the Sea", as well as "The Killing Queen". However, they are all superb songs, and the intro and outro are also well done. I hope this band keeps up the good work, as they're one of the most talented units I have heard in a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Z. Coombs on May 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the third of what ended up being 4 White Skull releases using female vocalist Federica De Boni. To be quite frank the first two releases "I Won't Burn Alone" and "Embittered" were fairly pedestrian. Standard heavy metal done in an average way. That said, the two final releases using Federica, that being "Tales From The North" and "Public Glory, Secret Agony" are simply outstanding.

Normally, I find female heavy metal singers to be terrible. Not the Gothic opera metal ones, just the heavy metal ones. We had Doro who was O.K. but the rest in heavy metal history have all sucked. Federica is the first female heavy metal singer to blow me away. She has a unique delivery. One of the negative reviews says she is singing like she is clenching her teeth or something and he is telling the truth. On the other hand I 1000% disagree that it is a bad thing. I guess when you do something unique you get the love/hate reaction which is normal.

Tales From The North is an epic power metal album and it even has Chris from Grave Digger singing duet with Federica on two of the tracks. An interesting pairing since they sing in the same, gutteral, not quite death metal style. I'm a fan of Chris but to be quite frank Federica dusts him into the weeds. I just love her singing so much. It's similar to Chris but a bit more melodic and versitile.

Listen before you purchase because the vocal style is unique but you may find yourself a real gem with this one.

For the record, I personally like Public Glory, Secret Agony even better if just by a little bit.

Note: After Public Glory, Secret Agony the Federica left the band and the band got a male singer.

Matt The Pirate
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nico Fichino on December 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Now there something yuo won't really espect! It's far too easy to record an epic metal album based on nordic legends and fill it with stupid sterotypes. But this album will throw you into action from the very first seconds of listening, and won't let you free until the end. The powerful voice of the lead vocalist, Fderica "Sister" De Boni, gives life to many rich scenes, which vary from battles to never-ending love stories. On the entire cd there's a sensible aura of legend, which also comes out from the intense lyrics of each title, other than from the excellent performances of the band. Buy this album, and you won't regret it. You will find you returning to listen it another time, and then another time, and then...
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Format: Audio CD
1999 and Italian power metal band White Skull bestow upon the world Tales of the North, an album about Vikings. Because you know there are so few bands doing that sort of thing right?

Anyway what you get here is 100% committed, 100% self belief and a hefty dose of seriousness in terms of how the subject matter at hand is handled. The booklet has full lyrics and credits and the cover art pretty much screams out 'Get your third tier power metal cheese here!'.

Musically it's pretty muscular metal. There are studio tricks and sound effects thrown in as well. The guitar solos and leads are at times pretty good, nicely complementing what is going on (check out The Terrible Slaughter). The band is happy to play longer tunes and also to drop the tempo occasionally.

Alas the vocals quash any chance of the release moving into four star territory. They are abysmal to the point of being humour inducing. Federica has a gravel sounding voice that is hard to like, let alone love. Grave Digger gravel voiced vocalist Chris Boltendahl is roped in for a few guest vocals presumably due to the similarities between his voice and Federicas. The first song with both their voices is the title track which is at the start of the album after the obligatory instrumental solo. After hearing the vocal performances on this tune you'll probably know if this album is for you or not.

In summation: Third tier, poor vocals, anaemic lyrically and no not even the solid muscular music of tracks like The Killing Queen can save this from two stars. Approach with caution all ye who hanker after power metal outside the big names!
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