It was another banner year for the American record label, Stormspell Records so I’ve decided to do a round-up of what this respected True Metal label was up to in 2017. I’m reviewing the following ten bands in this feature.
Feel free to check out all the reviews. If you are like me, if you like one of these albums on this consistent and focused theme label you’ll probably like ‘em all!
Numenor have almost made the complete transition to pure Power Metal. Over the ages their black Metal influences and gruff vocals have been slowly diminishing with each subsequent release and the pattern continues on the new album, CHRONICLES FROM THE REALM BEYOND. There are still a few spots of Black Metal inspired vocals but they are few and far between.
This Serbian band is still signed to Stormspell of course and they have delivered another short, punchy album clocking in at 35 minutes. The band still churns out fantasy-inspired Power Metal with conviction and sincerity. There is lots of keyboard and guitar inter-play and the dual vocal style works well. The album is largely fast and heavier than usual perhaps for Power Metal, with the exception of an instrumental interlude called ‘Realms Beyond’.
The album features awesome cover art from hot artist Dusan Markovic and closes with a nice treat a solid cover of Blind Guardian’s ‘Valhalla’. Now three albums into their career in a short period of time, Numenor, much like the dwarf depicted on the cover, is climbing the stairs of the power metal rankings.
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