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This review is from: The Last Alliance (Audio CD)
I bought this (cd + dvd format) when released over 5 years ago. Prior to this, I admired what Battlelore were doing, although felt there was always something missing from their finished product. I promise to re-visit those earlier albums. Surely a band who produced a song so well-crafted as Storm of The Blades from their Third Age of The Sun album were doing something right. Also, I tread warily where anything that could be detrimental to the work of Tolkien is concerned, as his work was without comparison and dare I say it, world-changing.
The Last Alliance is helped by powerful and thoughtful production with all the musicians and singers portrayed giving great performances, the drums especially being a stand-out.
Being an old guy, I still think of albums in two halves. For me, side two (tracks 7 to 11) is Battlelore's finest, even better than the excellent Doombound album which followed. Epic Dreams is a song that I rate in the top 10 of my all-time favourite in the broad metal genre. Its only fault is its length. It could easily have stretched to another couple of minutes, perhaps including, Gandalf-forbid, a guitar solo. Green Dragon is a hoot.
Tomi Mykkanen is a very strong and versatile vocalist (somewhere between Chrigel Glanzmann of Eluveitie and Ronny Thorsen of Trail of Tears) whose voice is integral in the strength of this album.
This album is bright, punchy, heavy-ish guitars, great drumming and with two lovely chicks doing so much of the work, there is nothing more I can say other than I love it now as much as then. The bonus dvd is entertaining, quite long and well worth having.
I understand Battlelore are taking a break. I hope they get together again soon and give us more of this.