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Einherjer - Av oss, for oss

Indie Recordings 2014

Einherjer is a band with great quality although not often circulate albums. With a 22 year career (Einherjer was formed in 1993) “Av Oss, For Oss” is bands 6th full length. Nonetheless each of these releases are exceptional samples of True, Epic Heavy Metal.

“Av Oss, For Oss” continues the leading tradition handing over nearly 50 minutes of typical but still exemplary Viking, Epic,True Metal. The album includes everything firmly holding the attention including epic and almost cinematic atmospheres, random sampling folk sounds here and there, authentic Norwegian lyrics performed by controlled blackened & metalized vocals. Multitude of classic heavy metal guitar tunes intersperse the heroism of epic romance! Reasonably, without placing unnecessary stuff “Av Oss, For Oss” is a tight exponential album of heroic Epic Metal.

Of course not looking forward for sophisticated convulsions. Not really. Einherjer remain faithful to doctrinal line of absolute Viking, Epic, Heavy Metal. Each song has a certain flow, and the transition from one to the other is to normalcy. Do not expect major differences between songs. The pieces are of similar consistency but the album does not tire, contrariwise is enthralling!

“Av Oss, For Oss” is a semi-typical, perfectly written, article on Viking pentagram, highly inspirational with true Nordic philosophy.

An unbiased donation for any true lover of Viking Saga!

Ian "Wood Of Magic"



   

MOONSPELL - EXTINCT

NAPALM RECORDS 2015

Release: 06-03-2015

Origin: Portugal

Length: 45:39

“Breathe” is the first song of the new Moonspell album. How suitable with an influenza, a huge headache, lots of snot and coughing my lungs up in the air. All needed is some more relaxing and easy listening pop metal as a good medicine to guide my opium fever(ed) dreams. What better narcotic to calm your senses than this new Moonspell album.

Their eleventh one and musically more open and pop(ular) orientated than ever. Together with their former label mates Tiamat, both Moonspell and Tiamat were more open minded throughout the years by adding interesting non-metal influences to their music. In the case of Moonspell this has led to very interesting and listenable albums, which crossed borders from black metal to attractive pop(ular) song structures, that are stuck in your head for days. Like snot at the moment.

„Extinct” is not an exception and a logical follow up. Even more catchier and song orientated than ever. Very well produced, nicely packaged and playing it safe all along the way. This also displays my personal doubt, while Moonspell came up with some fantastic albums that combined a darkened black orientated atmosphere with great melodies and song structures. Take "Night Eternal" for example and their classic „Irrigelous”. This latest “Extinct” is therefor way to safe and standardised!

Overall an relaxing album to listen and to enjoy… and without a doubt Moonspell and recognizable for every second. Like an influenza that caught you, Moonspell also does. Maybe I am mesmerizing, while hallucinations are mixing it with reality.

Darkened pop metal, but in the end less exciting than their last releases.

BLOODCORPSE

https://www.facebook.com/moonspellband


   

DAMNATION ANGELS - The Valiant Fire

MASSACRE RECORDS 2015

The second album of this great UK band is going to be released on March 27 following-up their excellent debut, “Bringer Of Light”, (2013 Massacre Rec) and I’m sure, the trio from South Yorkshire have managed to create an even better album. It becomes clear from the first notes of the opening track “Finding Requiem”. A bombastic symphonic power metal anthem combining perfectly power with lyricism.

What to follow is proportional and unfolds an album that is nominated for the Best of 2015.

Truly, each song of “The Valiant Fire” is amazing without a single boring moment or filler and the slightest imply of repetition! Listen to the last track “Under An Ancient Sun” and you will understand what complexity means. A track that sounds like Dimmu Borgir flirts with Kamelot and Blind Guardian.

Honestly the band moves with great ease between the lines of modern European power metal and the symphonic epic metal, still creating breathtaking ballad moments like the colossal “The Frontiersman” and “The Passing”.  
Imagine a mixture of Kamelot, Angra , Rhapsody Of Fire, Queen with the best elements of epic, gothic and progressive metal! This is “The Valiant Fire”!

Another great advantage is the voice of Pellek with its very specific timbre.

What more do you want? “The Valiant Fire” is the perfection of symphonic power metal to lead our beloved music one step beyond!

Simple Flawless!!!!

PANTHRO

 


   

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