Final Cry / EVER-REST - Still on the track! For more than 30 years, Final Cry have been a constant part of the German metal scene and now present their sixth longplayer with the mountaineering epic The Ever-Rest. Once again, the band succeeds in reinventing themselves without losing sight of their roots. Their sound, still rooted in thrash metal, captivates with merciless riffing, raging drums and a great feeling for melodies and atmosphere and builds a bridge between the classic thrash of the 80s and the dark Scandinavian styles of the 90s, which have increasingly found their way into the band's sound since Neptune's Relief (2007) at the latest. After guitarist Eiko took up the mike on the previous album Zombique, this position has now been filled by Kai Wilhelm (Across The Burning Sky, a.o.). His nasty screams and growls not only give the band's sound a new note, but also fit the album's deadly, frosty scenario like a glove. The overall concept, for which Burghardt Sonnenburg is once again responsible for the content, is rounded off by a 20-page story booklet, which tell the real stories that form the basis of each individual song. Herbie Langhans (AVANTASIA) and Brd Wsche (EYE SEE BLACK) were also enlisted for some backing vocals and choirs, which support the epic depth of the album's theme. The Ever-Rest was recorded at Soundlodge Studio under the wing of Jrg Uken and is undoubtedly a highlight in the quintet's oeuvre and should delight both old and new fans of the band from Lower Saxony. For their long-time fans, the band has also re-recorded Words Unspoken, one of their all-time classics from 1994, as a bonus and ported it into the new millennium.