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The Lion's Forces
November 2016
Released: 2016, Sleazy Rider
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Columbia is not traditionally known as a hotbed of Power Metal, let alone White Metal. I can really only think of Legend Maker and Vorpal Nomad off the top of my head. My initial impression of this new band from Columbia was very favourable. Energema have just issued their debut on the Sleazy Rider label and it is excellent. However, when doing my research for this review I discovered that three of the five members of Energema are former members of Vorpal Nomad! I gave the Vorpal Nomad debut a very high grade back in 2012 and while I’m sad to see that Vorpal Nomad may no longer be active, I’m delighted that the fine musicians have continued on with another project.

Following in the footsteps of Narnia perhaps, Energema have an overarching theme of Christianity and more specifically, the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis. They even have a depicting of Aslan, the lion on the cover and the album title is THE LION’S FORCES. I don’t know of the band drew inspiration from the recent movie adaptations or the original books but wither way, it is a good source of lyrical inspiration.

After the obligatory swirling symphonic introductory, instrumental piece, the album takes off to the skies at Mach speeds. The album is a bit on the short side at eight songs (plus intro) clocking in at 40 minutes but they maintain the pace and energy all the way through. After three, speedy classic Power Metal numbers that race by, the band pulls the brakes and throws in a very nice ballad with a subdued tone, acoustic guitar and almost whispered vocals. After that it is a race to the finish line! As one might expect, or even demand, the caliber of playing is very high, lots of great guitar licks, rumbling bass and double-kick drumming. Vocalist Alejandro Pinzon sings in the higher range and has some solid screams and nice lilting, melodic delivery. Having Guitar virtuosos Nicholas Waldo doesn't hurt either!

I haven’t heard every Columbian Power Metal band but since Legend Maker hasn’t put out an album since 2002 and Vorpal Nomad is done, I can say with confidence that Energema is Columbia’s best Power Metal band. Their debut THE LION’S FORCES is all the proof you need.
Track Listing

1. Cair Paravel
2. Eternity
3. The Lion's Forces
4. Aslan's Call
5. Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time
6. The Wood Between the Worlds
7. Gog & Magog
8. Fallen of an Empire
9. Ancient Rebellion


Alejandro Pinzón Vocals
Andrés Parada Guitar
Nicolas Waldo Guitar
Daniel Pinzón Bass
Mauricio Landinez Drums



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