Loved it!Epic power metal in its finest. Reminds of old Rhapsody. Solid production. They do not re-invent the genre but they stand far above the descending Edguy and other epic bands who are trying to find 'new' sound. I believe they will take off in their next albums.
I have listened to this album at least a dozen times in the last week or so, no exaggeration. If you want a 'metal opera' with a sense of humour you should give this album a try (and the 'sequel' Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards). Hail to Crail!
This is an incredibly good debut from Gloryhammer a new Power Metal band from Scotland. It's packed with great melodies and power metal anthems. The vocals are clean and excellent, the production is exceedingly good and all the musicians are on top form. Rather than pure traditional Power Metal it has an epic / fantasy / pirate feel to it. My album of the 2013 so far. It's really good fun just go out and buy it.
This is one of the more intresting power metal albums. It's good in that it doesn't take itself seriously at all (and with the subject matter that's god!) but the music is still well constructed and well played.
The concept is about an evil wizard overtaking Dundee, and the hero who quests to retrieve the chosen weapon to defeat the evil wizard, save the princess and blah blah blah. So it's basically a mickey-take of the general fanatasy troupes and clichies. This is immediately obvious with the first actual song (after the spoken intro) about an army of zombie unicorns overrunning Dundee. Yup. Zombie Unicorns. This whole album is full of songs and lyrics that raise a real smile (Magic Dragon is my personal favourite - I grin like a loon when it's on.)
This wouldn't mean a lot however if the music was rubbish. Thankfully for Gloryhammer it isn't. The band themselves play well , and the vocalist has the perfect voice for this kind of music. The production is done well, it actually gives the instruments some space so that, unlike a lot of power metal, the bass and drums actually have some prescence outside of being a faint buzz somewhere under the guitars. Yes there are overwrought guitar solo's, but that's kinda what you want from power metal.
It's not perfect, some songs such as "Amulet of Justice" "The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder" drag on a bit and lack some cohesion, and the while the band play well, this is not the most profcient of power metal in terms of the chord strucutures and solo's, but these are minor issues on an otherwise good album. Recommended.
I bought this for myself, I have just found gloryhammer this is my first cd from them I will be buying more. Loved the songs, as a 50 something lady it's not my usual choice, but at the moment it's my favourite