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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • ASIN: B00009918B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Since i got this album it has hardly left my cd player. Its such a beautiful album! This probably has the best combination of clean female vocals combined with some strong growling. Think Nightwish with less of the female vocals and some harsh vocals mixed in. Sweet stuff. The songs all deal with themes from lord of the rings and the booklet features the bandmembers dressed up as various characters. Unlike other similar metal albums, the design of the costumes looks really amazing and adds to the overall experience of the album. So if you're a fan of metal and Nightwish this album is a must have!
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good 26 Jun. 2004
By J. W. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD as part of a large collection of CDs off ebay. Usually, these lots have a bunch of crap, with maybe a few gems. Well, this is one of those gems.
First off, I don't like death metal vocals. The growling and gruffness irritates me, and this album has its fair share of that on it. But, I can live with it, and it almost sounds good when juxtaposed with Kaisa Jouhki's heavenly vocals.
This is a Tolkien themed album, much like Blind Guardian, but with less of the power metal element. Kaisa Jouhki's voice really sounds like it belongs; her beautiful harmonies could easily have graced the big budget "Lord of the Rings" films.
Musically, the band is pretty good. Nothing spectacular, but they have the atmospheric sound down pat. The drums are above average, the guitar work pretty simplistic(but as another reviewer noted, simple doesn't mean bad), and the keyboards are excellent.
All in all, I was pleasently surprised to find such an excellent CD in a lot of craptastic discs I bought for a few dollars. I'll be buying Battlelore's other disc as soon as I can, now.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, ok, I was too hard on this at first... 16 Feb. 2004
By S. Morales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am changing my review of this album as of now. I originally complained that this record was very lazy and boring, with cheapo production and simple guitars. I have to admit though, my biggest mistake going into this record was EXPECTING a certain type of sound. Seeing as how Battlelore are a Tolkien inspired metal band, I was expecting something along the lines of Blind Guardian or even Rhapsody. This music isn't like that, and if you're going to buy this album thinking that's what you're getting, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Yes, that music is fantasy metal, but not so far into the light and epic tones of Blind guardian, but more of a darker and atmospheric approach. There are a few vocal types, the "death" growl, which really isn't the death growl one expects, but more of a Gothic growl to the likes of Moonspell, and clean male and female singing (there are 7 members; 5 guys, 2 girls). I originally beat up on the female vocalist's voice for being very monotone and unvaried. Well, it is and isn't. Sure, it's not Tarja from Nightwish, but it's not bad either. The tone is nice and melodic, keeping a certain ambience to the surrounding music; in other words, it fits well, even though I feel she underdoes it at times. The "orchestrials" are nothing more then keyboard effects, but do work well with the guitars and create a cool atmospheric sense, kind of the way the melodic metal band Soilwork does with their heavy use of keyboards. I do still think the production value sounds sub-par though. By that I dont mean it sounds cruddy or heard to hear, but it's simple and the guitar sounds/distortion levels or keyboard sounds/effects don't change. The acoustics are a nice addition though. Not every song on this is all that good, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars, cause it definitely doesnt deserve that in my opinion, but does deserve good recognition. There are skippable tracks (the one instrumental was disappointing, a good concept and inspiration, but the keyboards are way overused). The first 4 tracks are the album's highlight though, great songs!
Anyways, there is better stuff out there, but if you've got extra cash, this is a good place to spend it, just don't expect something very folky and upbeat like most power/D&D metal bands.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien + metal = perfection 22 Jun. 2006
By Beren Erchamion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was just looking for a new band when I happened to stumble, so how, into this great band. Being a extremely big Tolkien fan, I was shocked and amazed that thier were bands such as this. I knew of Blind Guardian and Summoning but I never truly pursued thier music save for some track listening here and there. I instantly fell in this band and became a huge fan.

These are some songs I thoroughly enjoyed.

1. Sons of Riddermark

A extrememy epric and fun song to listen to. I seriously can see this being a charging song as the Rohirrum trample thier foes. This is a very song to listen to while driving.

2. Mark of the Bear

Very intresting subject manner. The vocals are very well done and go very well with the song itself.

3. Buccaneers Inn

A song for those who want to drink, pillage, and set sail. This is a extremely fun song to listen to. One of my favs.

4. Khazad-Dum, Pt. 2 (Silent Caverns)

If there is any song that should be called epic - it's this. Telling the entire story of the delving of Khazad-Dum to the fall of the Balrog and Gandalf. I love this song. The harsh, growling vocals combined with the heavenly voice of Kaisa is genius.

5. War of Wraith

Yet another fun and intresting song to listen to. I really loved the growling in this. Kaisa is very good in this song as well.

6. Forked Height

I just loved this song. Kaisa shines here as well. They keyboards is a very nice touch here.

7. Starlight Kingdom

Yet another fun song about the Elves. The least of my favorites though.

I loved this entire album though. I give it 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen for yourself 7 Mar. 2004
By mysanthropyk_overlord - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of the four reviews of this album before mine, two have been low. Well, the first is by "Little Rich Kid," whose sole purpose for reviewing is to make derogatory remarks about artists he probably has never heard (and he obviously hasn't heard Battlelore because they are NOT black metal in any way) while advocating the most bland and meaningless slop on amazon.com. The other has validity to it, but I certainly don't agree with some of the points brought up in it.
True, the guitar work is not outstanding, but the music as a whole is. Saying a piece of music stinks because it has relatively simplistic guitar work is like saying a piece of steak tastes bad because the package you bought it in was pink instead of yellow. There's no correlation. If you're looking for intricate guitar work, then get a Steve Vai album. Guitars are important, but there's more to music than just guitars. So this band uses them in a more melodic sense. So do Sirenia and (for the most part) Agalloch, and if you try to tell me those two bands are trash, I'm going to laugh in your face. It's like the idiots who only listen for the vocals. Let's look at the big picture instead of picking out stupid things that, in the grand scheme of things, have no significance.
Now, all things considered, this is not the best album I own, but it's high on the list. It's atmospheric and the music fits the theme very well. It's almost like Burzum's music; you can't give it huge credit for being complex or innovative, but it works perfectly for the atmosphere that the artist is trying to create. The songs are short but to the point. I'd recommend this to fans of Tristania, Elis, and other high-quality neo-romantic/gothic (not that sappy back-from-Transylvania "goth" stuff) metal. BTW despite the last reviewer's comments, the female vocals are just fine. Not overdone like opera-metal bands, and not weak and off-key like Within Temptation.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not standard-issue metal 12 Oct. 2014
By Frosty Cold One - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have all but one of Battlelore's CDs and this remains my favorite. Later albums may prove that they honed their skills, but this early one has a personality that Battlelore never could quite match in subsequent productions. The track "Attack of the Orcs" is sure to displease some listeners, but it shows that Battlelore was not afraid to think outside of the box.

I'm not afraid to proclaim that Kaisa Jouhki and Maria Honkanen were metal goddesses, and I'm grateful they were both able to carry the band for a decade. While "beauty and the beast" duets are nothing new, Battlelore did this with distinction. It's easy to tease the ensemble for dressing up like Tolkien characters, but it's exactly this type of passion for their project that lifts Battlelore above myriad dime a dozen metal acts in their class.

This is one of those metal albums that you'll want to have the actual CD of rather than just mp3 tracks: The booklet that accompanies the disc provides the lyrics (~2 songs per page) and photography of each bandmate in their usual cosplay attire.
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