The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world
BATTLEROAR BLOOD OF LEGENDS REVIEW 2014

BATTLEROAR - BLOOD OF LEGENDS

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC

MAY 6 2014

 

 

The Greek Metal scene seems to be thriving these days but it never seems to get the coverage or the credit it deserves and this release – Battleroar’s fourth full-length which collects some powerful traditional Metal is reason enough to check it out. Interestingly for traditional Metal the band has a violinist on-board to bolster the two-guitar thrust.

 

Opening track, the instrumental ‘Stormgiven’ showcases that particular instrument to great effect before ‘Swords are Drawn’ storms in to open the album proper in the best way possible – a blustering riff-based track that is one of the standouts here. It’s back again for ‘Poisoned well’ adding great emphasis to a song that benefits from that little extra texture.

 

Elsewhere the album has a number of standout tracks amongst a bevy of solid Metal tunes. ‘Immortal Chariot’ has great intensity, whilst ‘The Curse of Medea’ that follows starts off slow before exploding like nothing else here – for us it’s the track that lifts its head highest of all.

 

If you want a song that simply soars and exemplifies the Epic/Power metal mould then it has to be ‘Valkyries Above Us’ with all its light and shade. If you like it heavier then the intensity and darker vocals of ‘Chivalry’ will please too.  Closing track ‘Exile eternal’ is another great reason to enjoy this release – all power and melody in one before the album closes with another instrumental ice that reasserts the violin – in  ‘Relentless Waves’.

 

On an album that is essentially only eight songs long (plus the two instrumental pieces) it may leave you wanting more, but each of those eight tracks is satisfyingly long enough to keep your interest.

 

All in all ‘Blood of Legends’ is great ‘down to earth’ Metal album that will please fans of the more traditional/epic sound – these are great songs by a fine band and after six years away it’s enough to make you wonder ‘why so long’ and ‘give me more’ in the same breath.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

BATTLEROAR BLOOD OF LEGENDS REVIEW 2014