Radakka - _Requiem for the Innocent_
(Century Media, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
It becomes quite apparent with one or two listens that Radakka are a very exploring and innovative band. Not really going for a trendy sound at all, the music of Radakka holds its own weight with some impressive guitar work and powerfully triumphant progressive ways that could gain interest from the Queensryche and/or Fates Warning fanatics out there. With a bit more blunt character and sound like Iced Earth, Radakka are quite capable of turning up the momentum a notch or two when needed be. But there are some drawbacks to what Radakka do, primarily as far as variety is concerned. As innovative as it may be at times, the album is overshadowed by several bland moments, bringing the positive vibe to a stand still at times. But it's a minor flaw. Killer vocals by singer Jon Dobbs (especially in "Still a Stranger" and "Whore") makes this album great when it has to be.

(article published 11/19/1998)


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