Wednesday, May 22, 2013

GLORYHAMMER - Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

Very rarely in an industry over crowded with false metal bands, does a new band rise and raise its metal flag high into the air. Atmospheric and epic in nature, Gloryhammer has set a course for metal destiny. Long have we labored under the false collar of fake metal. Here, there is a true sound. A truly powerful sword and shield response to all contenders to the throne of metal.

 I find my favorite track is "Anstruther's Dark Prophecy", and "Angus McFife". The musicianship is complete. All parts channel together to create a fire of metal power. But truly this whole album is one of the best I have heard in a while. The production, the orchestration, the songcrafting....amazing.

     The keyboards dominate through each song but in a way that this guitarist doesn't seem to mind. It is rare that I appreciate the influence of such a keyboard driven song. But this is epic in its form. The band swells around the keys as they hoist their sails high and drive this metal ship of symphonic orchestration into the heart of all who doubt. All the instruments from the voice to the drums are superior and well played but I think I would like to hear just a little more guitar solo work.
"Magic Dragon, and "The Unicorn Invasion Of Dundee" have this insane hook that just wraps you in and squeezes your mind. This is powerful potion driven power precision.

 "Silent Tears Of Frozen Princess" is the ballad and it's beauty and artistry takes your breath away. I found myself swept across distant glens and could almost smell the cold, blackened waters of the ancient loch below me.

 "amulet of Justice", simply a headlong power anthem complete with this incredible interplay between the drums and keys.  Dragonforce and Hammerfall fans rejoice for more friends have now entered the battle. Let us stand together and face our foes on this bloody, sonic battlefield.  The ten minute dynasty that is "The Epic Rage Of Furious Thunder" shall be the music our forces ride out into the mist driven dawn hearing. The sound of pounding hooves and whistling steel shall mix with the awesome power of Gloryhammer. Hail! You don't listen to this band, you embrace it, you inhale it, you become a knight of the armies of the Gloryhammer. My sword is yours?

10 horns up (Stay tuned for an interview with the band tomorrow!)


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