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GRAND MAGUS TRIUMPH AND POWER CD REVIEW

GRAND MAGUS

TRIUMPH AND POWER

NUCLEAR BLAST

31 JANUARU 2014

 

 

ANOTHER BATTLE WON

 

 

Sweden’s Grand Magus just keeps getting better. Album number seven ‘Triumph and Power’ picks up right where the critically acclaimed 2012 opus ‘The Hunt’ left off. If you love your Rock based around a riff as solid as the granite cliffs of Sweden’s High Coast then you can’t go far wrong with this.

 


Starting out with the storming ‘On Hooves of Gold’; ‘Steel Versus Steel’ and ‘Fight’ the groundwork is impressive. Grand Magus has always struck me as a band that sees no point in straying from the basics when they sound so damn good. And whereas bands like The Sword and co take a lead from bands like Sabbath, there’s more refinement to Grand Magus’ sound that always brings to mind Deep Purple for some reason.

 


The merely solid becomes something rather more by the time the title track thrusts itself from the groaning speakers. It’s a song that underlines why at its core Hard Rock is a force to be reckoned with and always will be no matter how you label it, split it or play it.

 


At this point you have to take a moment as ‘Dominator’ breaks free to reflect on the musicianship here: Grand Magus is yet another three-piece that underlines the value of the purity you get from bass, guitar and drums, and the essential value of getting to the point! The drums of Ludwig ‘Ludde’ Witt along with the guitar of riff-master JB Christofferson are sensational throughout, but Fox’s bass and especially JB’s vocals can elevate a great song into something remarkable.

 


Even throwaway interludes like the Tom Waits-like ‘Arv’ set up a sense of foreboding before ‘Holmgång’ (A Scandanavian duel) blows you away, it’s one of the more powerful tracks here and one of our picks.  If anything the soaring ‘Naked and the Dead’ is even better recalling as it does a stripped-back Iron Maiden.

 


The martial instrumental ‘Ymer’ leads straight into final track ‘The Hammer will Bite’ the longest track here, and one that bursts out of the speakers after a gentle intro. It’s everything you will love about Grand Magus and band that just keeps getting better.

 

 

GRAND MAGUS will hit the road alongside Icelandic label mates THE VINTAGE CARAVAN for the “Rock Revelation Tour 2014”. Don’t miss the chance to witness two generations of Rock sharing stages at the following dates:

 

18.03.    FR           Paris             - Divan du Monde
19.03.    DE           Cologne       - Gebäude 9
20.03.    DE           München      - Backstage
21.03.    AT           Wien             - Szene
22.03.    CH          Aarau            - Kiff
23.03.    DE           Stuttgart      - Universum
24.03.    DE           Berlin            - C-Club
26.03.    DE           Hamburg      - Markthalle
27.03.    DE           Frankfurt      - Batschkapp
28.03.    DE           Geiselwind   - Musichall
29.03.    DE           Essen            - Turock
30.03.    DE           Nijmegen     - Doornroosje

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

GRAND MAGUS TRIUMPH AND POWER CD REVIEW 2014