I can promise that you´ve never heard AC/DC´s “Back in Black” played like this.
Author: Martin Nygren
Gathering of Kings – Discovery9,5/10 Ok, so this time I´ll make it easy for you, dear reader....
Swedish metal band Enemy Within has released a lyric video for “Behind Curtains of Rust” from their...
I´m an old fart so I was present during the first wave of Thrash Metal and basically worshipped at the altar of giants like Testament, Heathen, Flotsam and Jetsam, Death Angel and Metallica so when a ditty start with one of the coolest riffs Flotsam and Jetsam never wrote my inner teenager joins an imaginary moshpit and just lets it rip.
You see, I´m old. Really terribly ancient Egypt old. So when the first and second wave of thrash metal came to be in the early eighties I was there.
And I bloody loved it! Slayer´s “Hell Awaits”, Metallica´s tour de force “Master of Puppets” and Testaments “The Legacy” are records that I always will love and cherish.
This record is one of the reasons I wanted to start a column that puts a spotlight on albums and/or bands that did not get the attention and praise they deserved. “The Towers of Avarice” is nothing but a stone cold classic if you ask me.
Amazing vocalist Martin Högström delivers the lyrics with a passion and power that is simply staggering. The main composers and guitarists, Henrik Flyman and Tommy Rehn are both supremely skilled players and offers a truckload of sweet harmonies and blistering leads while always keeping the songs themselves in focus.
Have Dynazty delivered the first bona fide, stone cold classic of the decade? Time will tell but as far as this geezer is concerned the answer is a a resolute: YES!
Dennis sings with the best of ém. He´s a bit of a mix between Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Marcie Free (Unruly Child, Signal) and second track, the sublime “The First Time” indeed sounds like the lovechild of Pretty Maids and Unruly Child.
Tommy Johansson (Sabaton/ReinXeed/Majestica) is one of my favorite singers. I mean, this guy has a voice that is made to sing power metal hymns. We´re talking about a range that makes the iconic Michael Kiske seem like an extremely hung over Peter Steele (Type O Negative, RIP).
When Swedish Prog Metal-titans-to-be Seventh Dimension takes on my favorite song of all times by my favorite band they do it with a confidence and natural swagger that just oozes determination and spirit.
On tracks like “End of Times” progressive metal-influences can be heard which makes this proghead happier than a piglet in a bathtub filled with chocolate pudding.