Although Estonia is not a big player on the world wide metal map yet, there are still every now and then some bands that come up with a decent album. Eighties thrash adepts already had the opportunity to get two Must Missa albums, and now also those of you who like some standard heavy metal can have a look at that country because of this release by Empyros.
But okay, in all fairness I must also admit that this full length is not top of the bill just yet. Compared to West European levels there are some points left for improvement. The production could have been a bit firmer, the singer sometimes sounds a bit too overworked, the tracks will not blow anyone away so far and the cover also could have been just a bit more professional. But… what I really like about 'The Spectre Of Ballantre' is the general feeling from the album. In some sort of strange manner these eight songs make some impression on me. The album is recorded obviously by musicians who gave it their best shot. It is not a punishment to listen to it and it perfectly fits in the background during a long drive for example. And then there is this big bonus that Empyros has got: the guitar solos. During every track a well played, rather nice and very enjoyable solo shows up, and this gives the CD that much needed little extra something. Conclusion: they are definitely not the next big thing, but it won't hurt to listen to either.