POWND - CIRCLE OF POWER - NIGHTMARE
Pownd is an underground metal band that has popped out of the blue with its Circle Of Power album, a release now picked up by Nightmare Records a couple of years following its original release. The band has next to no profile whatsoever, yet has surprising amount of depth and prowess. Both hard rock and heavy metal fans would dig this material.
The band has placed the song Still I Bleed at the pole position, which is a mistake for it is one of the album’s weaker songs. Past that the compositions cover the gamut of metal styles and bands from Ozzy to Whitesnake to Nevermore and more - pardon the play on words. The album’s best song is The Stand with its incredible riffs, but tracks like Never Means Forever, Divided and Place in The Sun are not lacking musical or emotional content. Apparently, the heavy metal underground still breathes in America. - Anna Tergel