I believe when it comes to musicians who is really good their solo albums become more of doing a musicians record for other musicians if you understand what I mean.
Natural the expectations on their ninth album, ”Wolf God” is set pretty God damn high and this is absolutely one of my most awaited albums coming out this year. The question is, does Grand Magus of 2019 manage to take the high stand once again or will they crumble in the blood soaked mud?To be honest, it starts of a bit weak…
The band originally started in 2014 and the band has drawn great inspiration from Swedish melodic death metal bands for example In Flames, At The Gates, Soilwork and Amon Amarth
If you’re looking for old school rock music with a bar room piano, whiskey voice, a rock guitar and swinging rhythms, Quireboys will always give you a bit of what you fancy.
So when “Eclipse” echoes out I have to take a breather and try to figure out which leg they are supposed to stand on? “Gaelic Metal”? “folk metal”? “melodic death metal”? “melodic folk black metal” ?? The questions are many.
Of course none of his new songs are even close to being as impressive as a song like ‘Black Star’ was in the 80’s, but it’s a comfort to know that after all these years and regardless what you think of him, Yngwie Malmesteen unapologetically still bring the thunder with guitar skills most people could only dream of.
Sure. Everything is amazing. His voice, the band, the orchestral and choir arrangements. The sound is impeccable. Maybe if I was 16 and asking myself “the big questions” in life I might find something interesting in this pretentious mess.
They have created their own sound and DNA which you can hear on all of their albums. They have a great sense of melody and harmonisation similar to big bands like Queen, Saga and Sparks, a pop feel like Jellyfish and the metal progressiveness of bands like Dream Theater.
I guess that the music comes at firsthand now and the drug rituals has taken a step back, but does that mean that the once so tuff Americans have gone soft? Not at all, is the answer. Usurper still delivers their unique brand of though, fist in the air, death/black/thrash-metal and I dare to say that they do a better job than ever!
If they with this album tried to make a record that will make them big, they might have succeeded but at the very same time they might end up loose a lot of fans. It’s a really thin line.
This is definitely the biggest surprise for me so far in 2019 and it might even end up on my top 20 when I’m going to sum this year up in december.
The biggest cheer of the evening came of course when Darren announced “Emerald” as a song written by his former boss and his own tribute to mr Lynott in “King Of Spades”..
If you’re looking for a new “The Great Radio Controversy” or “Mechanical Resonance” this will be a disappointment but if you listen with your ears open it’s a good record and it has the potential to grow for every time you listen to it.
So if you are a fan of albums from the mid 00’s, this album might just be something for you! The sound reminds me of the fan favourite “Reroute to Remain” (2002), which is way more positive than what I’ve heard of the earlier 10’s material.
But of course, there are thousands of straightforward heavy metal albums like this released every year, so for “This Time” to stick out of the crowd, the songs really have to deliver something extra. And do they? Well, not really
Finland’s Children Of Bodom has come up with their 10th album. First time that I really take a good serious listen to the band. I went through their catalogue from the latest release to their earlier, I was about to start this review by comparing the band to In Flames, but with “Hexed” they have a jam session with Kreator more than they do with In Flames.