Into the Nebula is the sophomore effort from Russian power-metal/thrash outfit Distant Sun, a trio who have obviously cut their teeth on all the classic Megadeth, Metallica, and Iced Earth records but are trying to forge their own sound. Led by guitarist/vocalist Alexey Markov, the band also features Artem Molodtsov on bass, and drummer Erland Sivolapov. Into the Nebula comes in a colorful digipack complete with great artwork, and the CD itself contains ten tracks of potent metal that pushes most of the right buttons and is clearly an enjoyable, headbanging listen. Tunes like "Game of War" and "God Emperor" deliver a wealth of heavy riffing and blistering lead guitar solos, with Markov's vocals sounding like a blend of Dave Mustaine & James Hetfield, with a touch of Hansi Kürsch thrown in for good measure and a slight Russian accent. Hard to call this pure power metal, as the thrash element is more than front & center on rippers "Inspired By Fear", "The Battle Never Ends", and the catchy "Whose to Blame", but those epic European flavors do surface on "The Tharks", "Andromeda", and "Throne of Iron", all easy targets for all those who crave melodic, fantasy themed power metal.
Nothing overly original here, but that doesn't stop Into the Nebula from being highly enjoyable, classic sounding heavy metal. This one is easy to recommend, so dive right in and bang thy head!
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My Trust 05:18
Game of War 05:00
God Emperor 05:01
Inspired by Fear 05:01
The Battle That Never Ends 04:09
Throne of Iron 05:38
The Tharks 05:21
I Do Believe 05:54
10. Who's To Blame 04:25