Released: 2015, Metalbox Recordings
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
As a fan of melodic heavy metal, I'm always anxious to review an album from the genre. In this case, I was rewarded by the metal gods with Dendera and their album "Pillars of Creation". This up-and-coming band show a great deal of promise with vibrant, stylish songs and a varied approach that doesn't become old to the ear. Let's break it down:
The opener, “Claim our throne”, threatens with an Iron Maiden style opening before clearly throwing down a whole different gauntlet. Melodic Heavy metal with a great production. The chorus is right on point and memorable. This is the kind of opener that instantly has one looking forward to the rest of the cd. Nice vocals, great musical work, and a song that stands up to the test. Up next is “Bloodlust” and Dendera channel their best Iced Earth. The chorus, again, showcases a nice melodic work. Any fan of Jon Schaffer will instantly be drawn to this track. Third on the roster is “In High Tide”. It continues the Iced Earth/Jag Panzer approach to metal. Double bass and riffing guitars carry this track. Anyone into classic metal has to be very pleased by this point. The fourth offering is entitled “Disillusioned”. It kind of wanders off track compared to the other tracks thus far. It still has the double bass but it just doesn’t have the hook of the first three tracks. “The Daylight Ending” quickly remedies the problem of “Disillusioned”. A galloping double bass leads us into the pit and the hook is big and memorable. Talent is abound with this band and they showcase it cleverly here. “The Chosen One” takes the stage and we’re in clear Jag Panzer country here. The chorus also has hints of newer Maiden and as anyone knows Maiden-esque is rarely a bad thing. This tune is the real headbanger of the lot. A nice piece from front to back.“Unholy”, track 7, has an opening riff that conjures up dreams of Vicious Rumors. It’s certainly a burner of a track but the chorus doesn’t really stand out as it does on the other tracks. More than anything, this track is betrayed by the magnificence of the prior tracks. “Edge of tomorrow” rounds out the album. Although this one isn’t a standout track of the lot, it simply solidifies the overall experience.
If you like your metal to be traditional and melodic, you won’t be steered wrong by Dendera.
Review By: Chris Marsh