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Echoes Of A Lost Paradise
September 2015
Released: 2015, Massacre Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Munich, Germany’s Stormhammer is certainly a long-running band. To my surprise, the band has been around for over 20 years, beginning life back in 1993. Despite ECHOES OF A LOST PARADISE being the band’s fifth album since the turn of the century, it’s obviously been a rocky road along the way as the band’s list of ex-members is long enough to rival the likes of Black Sabbath and Yngwie Malmsteen (!). Guitarist Manny Ewender and bassist Horst Tessmann have been there through it all so no doubt they are proud to be back after a 6-year layoff with this new album for 2015.

First note to last, ECHOES OF A LOST PARADISE is pure Teutonic power metal in the proud tradition of Grave Digger and their like. Within the riffs I also hear an influence of Iced Earth’s brand of USPM, so take that for what its worth as well. Jurgen Dachl’s gruff vocals fit the music like a glove and the overall presentation of the band, from cool cover art down to the last song (“The Ocean”) is easily digestible for fans of this style. I have no issue admitting that I was instantly shaking my head along with anthems like “Bloody Tears” and “Glory Halls of Valhalla”.

I’ll admit that there’s few cuts that stick with me once the album’s over and that speaks to a lack of song writing excellence which is perhaps at least part of the reason why Stormhammer is less well-known than some of their contemporaries. This is pure meat & potatoes power metal, no more, no less – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Solid stuff.
Track Listing

1. Remembrance
2. Glory Halls of Valhalla
3. Fast Life
4. Echoes of a Lost Paradise
5. Leaving
6. Bloody Tears
7. Holy War
8. Black Clouds
9. Into Darkest Void
10. Promises
11. Stormrider
12. The Ocean


Jurgen Dachl: Vocals
Bernd Intveen: Lead Guitar
Manny Ewender: Rhythm Guitar
Horst Tessmann: Bass
Chris Widmann: Drums



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