This is a true METAL record. It is not black metal, or heavy metal, or thrash
metal, but METAL that incorporates elements from each of the styles into a nice
The music is mostly fast. The precise rhythm guitar riffing could be from a
Sodom or Kreator album. The guitar melodies with major chords are pure Iron
Maiden. The lead guitar is somewhat lazy in that the most epic parts are
reserved for the keyboard orchestrations, that positively bring to mind
Bal-Sagoth, especially in the heroic intro "Avondland". The lyrical content and
musical theme of this album is patriotic and inspired from the Middle Ages and
this is not a dark album at all.
Battle samples and folk influences in the keyboard parts work surprisingly well
together with the true 80ís metal beer-thrash and creates a coherent album of
uplifting and strong, if un-innovative battle/drinking music.
The vocals here are mostly shouts trademarked by German thrash, with occasional
folkish clean backing voice. Instead of satanic, rebellious and destructive, the
nature of this work is rather appreciative, constructive and maybe even
conservative and as such, the few satanic songs do not seem to fit the theme.
This album will appeal to both folk-nazis and drunk thrashers and it has both
itís advantages and itís failures here. The seriousness is partially sacrificed
for the nice and easy retroing. Yet, with their straightforward and firm roots,
as a live band they probably excel.
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