Released: 2012, Massacre Records
This is a very interesting project that caught my ear right away. With some additional research I discovered this young band has a lot going for. Damnation Angels are a quintet from England led by Norway’s Pellek, who is already a star unto himself having made the jump from television to Power Metal.
BRINGER OF LIGHT is the debut album for this band but is a bit of a continuation from their independent debut six-song EP. Three of the tracks, ‘Someone Else’, ‘I Hope’ and the title track were all on the EP but a couple of the songs were re-worked into a four song suite. Somebody must have noticed the EP because the band signed to Massacre rather quickly and have recorded something quite special. Even the band name has that classic metal band name, dark/light dichotomy like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
Following a brief intro, the album starts off with an ambitious, heavily orchestrated song called ‘The Longest Day Of My Life’ which is over 10 minutes long. It is a strong opener; dynamic and expressive with many moods and tempos. It is a flowing and powerful symphonic Power Metal epic that sets a good tone for the rest of the record. DAMNATION ANGELS have found a fantastic sound very early on. There are many symphonic Power Metal bands, some say (not me) too many but the orchestrations integrate seamlessly into the Metal. There are other great musical sounds such as the Asian sounds on the long track ‘Pride (The Warriors Way)’ which to me evokes images of samurai. The entire album, BRINGER OF LIGHT has an epic soundtrack feel which is both uplifting and inspiring as well as fast and heavy. Elsewhere, oddly enough the band choose to cover Metallica’s ‘No Leaf Clover’ and while not the most obvious choice it is a disappointing choice to redo a bad song of a bad album of a band at it’s all-time creative low. However, they give it a heavy orchestral treatment and actually improve the song. I feel much of the improvement may stem from the creative re-working of the song by guitarist Will Graney (aka ‘Maestro’) who got the prestigious call to work with Cradle of Filth on their last album.
For such a young band, DAMNATION ANGELS really have it all; a record deal, a star-powered vocalist, and the entire the bands oozes raw talent. They are great performers with song-writing skills to match. BRINGER OF LIGHT is a triumphant debut and a very strong entry into the large and competitive global field of Symphonic Power Metal.