released (and reviewed by yours truly) a year ago, now made
available through Escape Music, completed with 2 bonus tracks.
This was what I wrote a year ago and I’m still behind it.
Like the album title suggests, this is the first CD from Swiss
melodic metallers Felony. It took the band leaders Markus Geiger
(k, g, bv) and Thomas Brogli (b) a long time to find the perfect
vocalist, but when they finally found Andreas Wildi last year
(read: 2004), the time was ripe to record their first opus,
together with Urs Fischer (g, bv) and Björn Rindlisbacher (d).
What makes this “First Works” such a good album, are the catchy
songs, the strong performance of the band as a whole (including
the more than agreeable female lead & backing vocals from Andrea
Richner) and – last but not least - the incredible sound. Most of
the material was recorded at Geiger’s home studio (which allowed
the band to take all the time they needed), but the drums, some
additional vocals and the mix were done in professional studios in
Wolfsburg under the guidance of nobody else than Sascha Paeth.
Having worked with acts like Edguy, Epica, Kamelot and Rhapsody,
Paeth knows everything about a professional sound and he certainly
took “First Works” to the next level. Being THE indie release of
the year, I’m quite confident they will be signed by one of the
well-known labels out there. May I suggest Georg Siegl’s Metal
Well, it wasn’t Georg Siegl’s Metal Heaven, but Khalil Turk’s
Escape Music that signed them and rightly so, because this band
definitely deserves a breakthrough. You’d better check them out.