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!
Palantir? What does that mean and what kind of band name is that? I had to look it up. I discovered that it is a word from JRR Tolkein’s famous trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings. A palantir is a magical artifact, a stone or crystal ball that allows the user to see far away places or the distant past. If you guessed that with a name like that, Palantir are a Power Metal band, you would be correct!
This Swedish band, based in Stockholm, has released their debut album, LOST BETWEEN DIMENSIONS and I’m pretty impressed. Once you know the name of the band, the cover art makes sense, a robot-type dude looking into a crystal ball seeing visions of the past.
The line-up has evolved featuring some ex-members of Blazon Stone and Rocka Rollas two other Swedish Stormspell bands. Palantir present to us some very high quality, classically styled, Euro/Power Metal. Marcus, who also sings in the band Starblind, sings us epic tales from across the ages, Viking tales, ‘Valhalla’ stories of the samurai ‘Warriors of The Sun’ and more modern tales like ‘War Of The Worlds’. So lyrically, they cover the past, present and perhaps future!
LOST BETWEEN DIMENSIONS is fast but not ultra-fast Metal, preferring to infuse a bit more melody over speed. There is a nice use of keyboards with guitar interplay. They do have a bit of a more epic feel, despite being an average of four or five minutes in length, with the exception of the 10 minute long title track. They almost sound Italian in parts with some classical flourishes and big epic backing gang-vocals.
I’d recommend this strong debut album by this hopeful newcomer!
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