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Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards
Released: 2015, Napalm Records
All hail the hammer of glory, Gloryhammer have returned! The band has just released their second album, with the infinitely cool title of SPACE 1992: RISE OF THE CHAOS WIZARDS.
Very little has changed for the band, no line-up changes they are still on Napalm but they do have a new logo, one that matches the sci-fi feel of the album cover a little better. The cover itself is another beautiful piece of art. The five-piece have taken the story well into the future, (1992 to be precise) and have embraced a science-fiction theme with cuts like ‘Goblin King of The Darkstorm Galaxy’, ‘Legend of The Astral Hammer’ and of course the title track. Only the song ‘The Hollywood Hootsman’ seems out of place with lyrics we can perhaps assume are about athlete, politician and actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I feel the mix of fantasy and sci-fi is a very clever mix especially on tracks like ‘Universe On Fire’. The storyline continues from the first album following the adventures of Angus McFife and there is some excellent narration to set the epic feel, especially at the beginning of the 10 minute epic, 'Apocalypse 1992'.
Musically and sonically Gloryhammer, gloriously hammer home the same sound and production style as the debut with lots of great keyboard lines, big roaring back-up vocals, sweeping passages, engaging choruses and lots of great speed. I’m reminded a bit of the titans Freedom Call, Helloween and more with happy, fun songs but not with atmosphere and a bit of weight to them. Speed and power are never left behind as they drive along the sing-along songs. Throw in blazing solos, both keyboard and guitar, you have an album loaded with musicality and fierce fun.
Gloryhammer is Scotland’s best Metal band and one of the most interesting and exciting Power Metal bands to emerge this millennium.
1. Infernus ad Astra
2. Rise of the Chaos Wizards
3. Legend of the Astral Hammer
4. Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy
5. The Hollywood Hootsman
6. Victorious Eagle Warfare
7. Questlords of Inverness, Ride to the Galactic Fortress!
8. Universe on Fire
9. Heroes (of Dundee)
10. Apocalypse 1992
11. Dundax Aeterna
Thomas Winkler Vocals
Paul Templing Guitars
Christopher Bowes Keyboards
James Cartwright Bass
Ben Turk Drums
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