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Return of the Warrior
September 2005
Released: 2004, The Miskatonic Foundation
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Portugal’s favorite sons of thunder return! Ironsword turned a lot of heads with their raging self-titled disc in 2002. Now, after an appearance at Keep It True 2004 and a tour through Greece with The Lord Weird Slough Feg (what a fucking tour THAT must have been!) the band has returned with their second volley of true metal glory.

An album about Robert E. Howard’s world of Conan is hardly new in heavy metal, but one done with such conviction and power surely is! Each song on RETURN OF THE WARRIOR is based around the author’s fantasy world and each song crushes appropriately. Taking a base of Manowar and adding a heaping dose of the epic feel of Manilla Road, band leader Tann marshal’s his troops through pure metal, howling like a possessed Lemmy/Mark Shelton crossbreed. Even though the song titles read like a Joey DeMaio wet dream, there is absolutely no cheese to be found anywhere on this album – these guys are sincere to the end. There are no happy melodies, no fucking keyboards, and no operatic vocals, just pure unadulterated heavy metal.

This album may be hard to find ‘cause The Miskatonic Foundation is tiny as hell, but it is worth finding. Trust me, lots of albums sound like metal, but only a select few FEEL like metal. This is one of those albums. Don’t miss it, or Tann will likely find you and cut your head off with his sword.
Track Listing

1) Ironsword
2) Beginning Of The End
3) First Masters
4) Return Of The Warrior
5) Brothers Of The Blade
6) Nemedian Chronicles
7) Way Of The Barbarian
8) Dragons Of The Sea
9) The Wench
10) War Hymn
11) Death Or Glory
12) Let The Titans Collide


Tann: Vocals, Guitars
Rick Thor: Bass
Maalm: Drums



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