VAN CANTO – Trust In Rust [2CD Deluxe Edition] (2018)

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On August 10, German metal vocal band VAN CANTO will release its seventh studio album, “Trust In Rust“. The band says that if you release seven albums in 12 years, you aren’t able to rust, hence the title. This Deluxe Edition includes a Greatest Hits CD recorded with orchestra that really worth the purchase.
By far the most famous metal a-cappella masters in the world, Van Canto have been bringing their unbroken power and dedication to the human voice over the course of six prior albums since 2006.

Now expanded to an even more forceful 7-piece, “Trust In Rust” roars with more bombast and power than ever before across its 11 tracks – including a searing cover of AC/DC’s ‘Hells Bells’ and a galloping version of Helloween’s ‘Ride The Sky’ with dual male / female vocals and featuring Kai Hansen no less!
Gone is original vocalist Dennis Schunke, but replacement Hagen Hirschmann is a fine choice, able to handle screams as well as resonate deep soul along with the welcome return of bass vocalist Ingo Sterzinger.

Together, this new Van Canto make a formidable machine although still very much in the keeping with the band’s ‘rakkatakka’ theme across hard rock ball breakers, passionate ballads and epic metal anthems – especially if you get this digipack with a bonus 10 track CD of orchestral versions some of Van Canto’s best songs.

From the speedy intro to ‘Melody’ Hirschmann’s rock vocals are superbly complemented by the femme soul of Inga Scharf that leads up to a really catchy folk chorus, all the while backed by a heavy back end of higher, lower and bass vocals until an ambient mid section, where everything alters magically into harmony heaven before morphing into almost speed metal and culminating with a folk finale – wow!

VAN CANTO - Trust In Rust [2CD Deluxe Edition] (2018) inside

Opening gently on ‘Infinity’, Scharf’s femme vox are prominent across her soulful wails and genteel tones as the song takes on a strong rock beat with again the guys providing powerful backing both in their vocal and instrumental aspects – not forgetting Bastian Emig’s double bass drumming and excellent precision percussion – excellent.

I started to enjoy Van Canto since their last album, and this “Trust In Rust” is even better.
It’s a different thing from the usual you listen to, and once you musically ‘catch their ball’, you’ll enjoy ’em as well.
Strongly Recommended

CD 1 : Trust In Rust
1. Back in the Lead
2. Javelin
3. Trust in Rust
4. Ride the Sky (feat. Kai Hansen)
5. Melody
6. Neverland
7. Desert Snake
8. Darkest Days
9. Infinity
10. Hells Bells
11. Heading Home

CD 2 : Best Of Orchestral Versions
1. The Mission (Orchestral Version)
2. Rain (Orchestral Version)
3. Hero (Orchestral Version)
4. Take to the Sky (Orchestral Version)
5. Water Fire Heaven Earth (Orchestral Version)
6. My Voice (Orchestral Version)
7. If I Die in Battle (Orchestral Version)
8. The Higher Flight (Orchestral Version)
9. Unholy (Orchestral Version)
10. The Other Ones (Orchestral Version)

Inga Scharf – Lead Voice
Dennis “Sly” Schunke – Lead Voice
Ross Thompson – Higher Rakkatakka Voice
Stephen Schmidt – Lower Rakkatakka Voice
Jan Moritz – Bass Voice
Bastian Emig – Drums


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