• 0.5/10
    ON ATLAS' SHOULDERS - Hyperion - 0.5/10


Release date: June 18, 2021

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10.0:         Cannot be improved! Perfect, instant classic! Essential in any record collection.
9.5 – 9.9:  Fantastic, spectacular and outstanding!
9.0 – 9.4:  Amazing release! It just lacks that little extra spice to make it perfect.
8.5 – 8.9:  Exceptional release! Will likely rank among top ten albums of the year.
8.0 – 8.4:  Great release! It has many different qualities.
7.5 – 7.9:  Above average! It is an enjoyable release.
7.0 – 7.4:  It is not brilliant, but has many strong points.
6.0 – 6.9:  It has its moments, but is not that strong.
5.0 – 5.9:  Slightly above average, does not stand out. Good outweighs bad by just a little.
4.0 – 4.9:  Just below average, bad outweighs good by just a little.
3.0 – 3.9:  Mediocre. There might be a song or a performance that is enjoyable, but that is it.
2.0 – 2.9:  Very weak! There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, too many flaws.
1.0 – 1.9:  This release gives the word “terrible” new meaning.
0.1 – 0.9:  Awful! Avoid at all cost. There is nothing good to say about this release.


User Review
4/10 (1 vote)

The Backstory

The Frankfort, Germany Epic Heavy Metal band follows-up their 2020 debut album Invictus with their latest, Hyperion.

The Album

Well, this is different. Emo style vocals set to Heavy Metal music. Equal parts whiney, shaky, and ear piercing. Vocalist Marious Bönisch certainly tries to vary his key, but his tone is so off-putting that it sounds like karaoke night at your local bar. And it doesn’t make you want to clap politely either. You want to boo and hiss loudly.

The rhythm section is more than capable at delivering the energetic riffs, pounding drum beats, and thumping bass you expect from Epic Metal, but the singing is just so atrocious, you won’t even notice. Maybe a good producer and/or vocal coach could clean up this mess, but it’s doubtful. There isn’t even one song to rave about. Kudos if you can make it through all 10.

The Verdict

On Atlas’ Shoulders proves one thing and one thing only on Hyperion; ANYONE can release an album these days. It doesn’t even have to be good.


  1. The Executioner
  2. 5 Billion Years
  3. Ruins
  4. When Heavens Collide
  5. Age of Fire
  6. To the Wolves
  7. Flight of the Falcon
  8. Interceptor, Truth Protector
  9. Biohazard
  10. Brothers in Arms

On Atlas’s Shoulders is

Marious Bönisch – Vocals
Ben Chadwick – Guitar, Bass
Björn Anders – Guitar
Leonard Pick – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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