Archive for March, 2013

Iron Knight’s New Sound Of War Album Review

March 17, 2013

Opening track, ‘Jericho’ just crackles and fizzes into life with James Duke Fang Bengley’s distinctive vocals, emitting a rare strength and quality I’ve never heard before, including his occasional delightful power screams.

‘First Legion’ rages on with the same characteristic strength and enthusiasm unique to the Iron Knights. Some simply divinely melodic power riffs from Jamie ‘Gravedigger’ Cox, peppered throughout this track. It comes to a sudden sharp end, just enough to leave you wanting more.

‘Feeder Of Crows’ – a slightly more mellow track. For some reason, it’s a song I imagine listening to in the garden on a  summer’s day. Ah yes, that’s the term I was after…mellow summer metal!

‘Tell Me Strange Things’ carries an air of mystery about it, with a few evil laughs well placed, by James, a touch I always enjoy in metal songs and is over in a flash.

‘Immortals’ is a beautiful guitar solo, in which I can hear the guitar sing! (Something that gets my juices flowing every time)! Another rapidly finished track, but still, it creates the right effect.

‘The Path’ – I have one thing to say about this track – thankyou Gravedigger, for the stunningly sexy guitar riffs. They’re what makes it for me! With, of course, a generous proportion of Larry Paterson’s awesome drumming and James’s notorious power vocals and ending, inevitably, on one of his immense power screams.

‘Desert Fox’ has an echo of the 1st album about it. Well constructed, it just seems to have the right amount of everything and fits perfectly for my liking. I particularly like the vocal harmonies.

‘The Messenger’ – whilst I can’t say that this track holds anything unique for me, it’s still well delivered and I can’t fault it. If one thing can be said about Iron Knights, it’s that their music always holds a professional sound.

‘Afterwrath’ is literally just that. The aftermath of the previous track and it’s gone in seconds. As such, there isn’t much that can be said about it, but as with other albums which boast a track or two of this kind, it’s a nice poignant touch.

‘Bloodstorm’ – I like the sinister vampiric emphasis of this track and it works well as a final track, acting as a reminder of the themes of the Iron Knights’ music.

Dare I say it, but I’m getting more and more into this album with each listen!

Favourite tracks, ‘First Legion’ and ‘Bloodstorm’. For overall sound, teamwork and pure likeability factor and of course, Larry’s Iron Knights specific album artwork, I’m giving it 8 out of 10!

One last word – James, you’re going to have to teach me how to do some of those amazing power screams…wait, I just realised how dodgy that sounded….oh well ,never mind, all in the name of METAL!

******** Out now on MetalBox Recordings. More info on www.ironknightsband.com .

 

Soldierfield EP Review

March 16, 2013

This new offering from Soldierfield, ‘Bury The Ones We Love’,  starts and ends with striking force. Storming into life with opening title track, ‘Bury The Ones We Love’, holding a pounding pace, like metal artillery in motion, it’s consistently strong in delivery, with profoundly emphatic lyrics, both in themselves and in their delivery.

Next track, ‘Feel Alive’, continues the heavy loaded feel, as does following track, ‘Leave You In Dirt’, both showing that the guys have nailed the knack of performing dark material in a vibrant manner. The darkness of the imagery in the artwork on the EP is stunning aswell. Credit to the artist, Matt Grundy. Creativity abounds throughout this release.

‘Skyflower’ –  a softer song with a slight ballady feeling in places, yet still retaining the heavy emphasis, alternating between gentle and heavier   sections. Versatility is the key word here and it’s demonstrated amply in this song. It’s actually a song you tend to get into more with each listen.  Fading out gently, it just leaves me wanting more.

Finishing with final track, ‘The Path’,  consolidating the hard and heavy factor, hitting you full force, like a juggernaut careering towards you at speed, this has got it all. Containing some fab power riffs, completing the magic, the metallic energy lives on throughout.  Finally fading out on a gentle riff and a rare hint of a glockenspiel, you can almost visualise the song moving off into the distance. A great metallic package altogether!

For professionalism, energy and overall sound, I’d give this one 9 out of 10!

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Available now on Metalbox Recordings. More info on www.soldierfieldband.co.uk

 

Pantheon ‘Intervention’ EP Review

March 5, 2013

The new release from Pantheon entitled ‘Intervention’ bursts into life with the  first track, ‘Voice Of Hate’. An absolutely excellent track, just buzzing with metallic energy, blistering guitar riffs, cracking drum beats and sharp and powerful vocals, supported by super-charged bass lines. It’s a must for all metal fans and I love it. A fantastic and vibrant beginning to the EP.

The second track, ‘Bladerunner’, rearranged from the initial EP, with even more strength and energy, simply blazes along like metal fire. Proof of Pantheon’s ultimate prowess in the field, they should be very proud of this song.

Third track, ‘Black Gold’ is another winner, just enough to enjoy the sheer exuberance and gone too fast for my liking. The sound remains strong and bold throughout. A great lead up to the final track.

‘Silent Apocalypse’ is a well placed last track, raging along with invigorating riffs, raw vocals and stunning bass work and drum beats. I swear it gets heavier and heavier to the end. Finishing with a tremendously beautiful fading guitar riff, it’s an astonishing end to a spectacular EP. I’d call ‘Intervention’ gold standard metal and a must for any true fan of life enhancing inspirational metal. **********. Buy it now! www.pantheonofficial.com .