Reviewed: June 1, 2022
Released: June 10, 2022, RTR Records
Reviewer: The Elitist Metalhead
Serbia’s OATHBRINGER came across my radar by way of their concert with fellow Serbs, and one of my favorite newer bands, CLAYMOREAN. The band played traditional metal from what I had heard from those live recordings. The band entered the studio in May/June of 2021 to record their debut full length. Finally, after some delays, Tales of Glory is read to be unleashed to the masses. I was excited to hear some recorded material by this band.
The intro sounds like we might be listening to a DRAGONLAND album but the album’s proper opener, “Odin’s Call,” kicks things off nicely. A fist pumper with some cool riffs and a nice tempo. The vocals go from a gruff Chris Boltendahl style to a more clean higher pitch typical of the genre. The follow up, “Hail to the King” is rather unique where the main part of the song is anthemic metal then it just rips into this thrash tempo with some undeniably old school thrash riffs. This track is just one example of this band using some thrash riffs on this album. They make very good use of the thrash riffs on “Shayol Ghul” as well.
Another thing about this album is the old school production and sound. Of all the albums I’ve heard that make up the NWOTHM movement, only a handful of bands truly have that atmosphere that takes me back to when metal was young and fresh. OATHBRINGER have that ability to make me feel that on parts of this album. The melody in the bridge to “Alone in the Night” feels ripped right out of the eighties, even though you know this is a brand new song. Then we have the epic scorcher “Moria.” This is an epic song from start to finish with a chorus that just grabs you. The middle section where the solos rip and then leads back into that chorus is just brilliant.
I went into this album thinking I was going to hear an album full of epic metal. To my pleasant surprise, I got much more than that. Tales of Glory is a metal album with twists, turns, and some cool surprises along the way. OATHBRINGER have a lot to offer and I’m looking forward to see what they come up with next.