Spellblast – Of Gold And Guns

Reviewed: April, 2018
Released: 2017, Spellblast
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Erich

Back in 2010 I reviewed Spellblast’s BATTLECRY and figured they were well on their way to being signed to a recording contract. Well, it is 2018 and OF GOLD AND GUNS is the band’s fourth independent and unsigned release. Hat’s off to them for carrying the flame. With the understanding that power metal is a crowded and insanely competitive pond, the new album seeks to create some separation by adding some western music to their standard brand of power metal. By western music, I mean music from the Old West, like Billy The Kid, Wyatt Earp, Sergio Leone etc. The album is a concept album based on characters from the American West in the nineteenth century.

OF GOLD AND GUNS mostly follows an expected power metal template of chugging riffs, keyboards and prominent guitar melodies. Singer Dest provides a bit of a change up though, with gruffer vocals than expected, sounding like Ville Laihiala of Sentenced in the lower ranges but capable of far greater upper range than the former Sentenced front man. “Sitting Bull” has a cool, mid-paced thump that begs for you to crack open a beer. Album opener “Tex Willer” has probably the most conventional symphonic power metal intro on the album along with the most connecting chorus.

While the old west music explorations are usually confined to the intro of these songs, “Goblins In Deadwood” does a nice job of carrying that experiment through the entire song. Another positive is that Spellblast keeps the content diverse, with songs devoted to Native Americans like Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and not just white men like Wyatt Earp and Jesse James. The album concludes with a cover of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive”, which fits the theme of the album but not the band’s style.

Overall, the old west insertions will work for some and not others, but credit Spellblast for trying to devise ways to be more original. After all, we have viking power metal, pirate power metal and folk power metal, so old west power metal is probably coming. If you relish that idea, then OF GOLD AND GUNS should be a proper sampler. Recommended for fans of Human Fortress, Dream Evil and other similar power metal bands.


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Track Listing:

1. Tex Willer  
2. Wyatt Earp  
3. Billy the Kid  
4. Jesse James  
5. Sitting Bull  
6. William Lewis Manly  
7. Crazy Horse  
8. Goblins in Deadwood  
9. William Barret Travis  
10. Wanted Dead or Alive

Lineup:

Dest – Vocals
Luca Arzuffi – Guitars
Xavier Rota – Bass

Websites:

www.facebook.com/Spellblast.Official/

www.spellblast.com/

 

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