Wednesday, 18 June 2008

On Seemingly Eternal Rotation....

...the latest Grand Magus album, Iron Will.

It's not as doomy as their previous release, 2005's Wolf's Return, this is a more epic style full on album of...well, metal.
Opening with "Like The Oar Strikes The Water", this album's nine tracks remind me in places of a more modern version of classic metal like Dio.
JB's clean vocal style adds to the overall classic sound of the album, in some places it even reminds me of Judas Priest, the music that is, not JB's vocals!
The title track is a proper headbanging, fists in the air tune, with mid-paced riffing.
In all, this has to be one of my favourite albums out this year, and one of the better records from Rise Above thus far. Seek it out and find yourself headbanging and raising claws to "The Shadow Knows" with a bottle of beer in your hand!

also trying to get some airtime at Claw Towers:
Warning - "Watching From A Distance" (Awesome doom metal, like the second Anathema demo version of Crestfallen with clean, mournful vocals)
Pagan Altar - "Mythical and Magical" (The "Die Hard" edition's extra track Narcissus being a particular favourite)
Motörhead - "Another Perfect Day" (there's nothing wrong with this album at all! Go Ead Robbo!)
Satyricon - "Dark Medieval Times" (total pencil sketch front cover! Aaaarg flutes!!!)

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