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Ours Is The Kingdom
December 2004
Released: 2004, Karmageddon
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP

This is really cool. My first introduction to this horde of Viking styled Black Metallions is sheer delight. An interesting collage of Northern and English themes, images and lyrics make for quite an interesting blend of influences. The clean vocals are more prominent and there is a sort of warbling vocal tempo that mixes nicely with the rhythms of the guitar. Not much soling here and the riffs are slower and spaced apart. Great keyboard work and generally fast tempo make for a grand sense of motion and adventure. Odd track out is the weird instrumental ‘Kings Of The Sea’ with it’s lulling keyboard based melody almost a sea-shanty?! Forefather are a fantastic band that proves you can add a new flair to older concepts and make them fresh and invigorating. Hail.
Track Listing

1. The Shield Wall
2. Ours Is The Kingdom
3. Proud To Be Proud
4. The Golden Dragon
5. Smashed By Fate
6. The Sea Kings
7. To The Mountains They Flee
8. The Folk That Time Forgot
9. Threads of Time
10. Keep Marching On
11. Rebel Of The Marshlands
12. Wudugast





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