RADAKKA - REQUIEM FOR THE INNOCENT - CENTURY MEDIA
Long known as the darling band of writer and Century media A&R Borivoj Krgin, Chicago's Radakka has been an anomaly in the midst of the metal-barren times of late. Album number one not being released in Canada, Requiem... is the band's first domestic release here and judging by the initial reactions it is inferior to its predecessor. It might be possible to explain why the reactions are not overly positive. Radakka's musical output is not only quite subtle in several ways, but also varied in terms that are occasionally not wanted or appreciated by metal fans. While album opener Phantom #9 quickly seeks to raise the commercial flag with its Skidrow-ish arrangement, the rest of the album is more textured and adventurous. Azriel (My Dying Love) begins with a big guitar sound which is at home in today's pop scene. Whore follows with not too few a sample which is followed by Velvet which itself begins by music inspired by the film Blue Velvet. One's appreciation of Radakka will grow with every consecutive listen. The band is nevertheless not a Hammerfall or Queensrÿche and as things stand the group can only be recommended with a note of caution. - Ali "The Metallian"