Crashdïet @ Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden 15/11-19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 17, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

As the Battle Beast show came to a wrap, I took a moment to catch my breath before I hurried to Rockbaren or Kristallbaren or whatever it is actually called, where Crashdïet had already kicked the evening off with “Reptile”.

I’m not sure how many people paid simply to see Crashdïet, but at the time of my arrival it wasn’t exactly a lot of people, sadly.

Second song of the evening was “Tikket”, and the band had really decent energy on stage! I guess that anything looks rather weak after seeing Battle Beast, but still they held on.

“Riot in Everyone” followed suit, and I swear to you – this song gets to me every. single. time. “Down with the Dust” was next before it was time for the first song, the first evidence of life from this band after four long years – “Legion”. I remember I just told Maria, who were with us, that there is no band who fought like them, and no fans as patient as their fans. Living in that complete unease – is the band dead, is the band around? Never again, I hope.

“Cocaine Cowboys” from “The Savage Playground” followed, before it was time for “Rust”. For those of you who have read my review of the album, you guys know damn well what the meaning of this song is for me.

“Queen Obscene / 69 Shots” came next, oldie and goldie, and this was the first time Gabriel decided that no, fuck this stage and headed out in the crowd. I don’t know if it is good or sad, that despite the song being played, he only ended up with men surrounding him… Oh well right?

The tempo was slowed down slightly for the next moment, as “In The Maze” was the song to be performed next, and if that wasn’t slow enough, Gabriel pulled out an acoustic guitar and played “I Remember You”. That was quite a beautiful moment, I have to say.

“Breaking The Chainz” was next on the list, and I believe this is the second song where Gabriel gave up the stage but this time around, he instead started climbing the walls. Because why not, am I right? He is quite the energy dude, and I really, really like him as the singer. He’s the singer they need. He HAS to stay.

“Idiots” from the most recent release was next, before going back a bit in time and dust off one of my personal favorites “Chemical”, which was followed by another favorite – “Falling Rain”. I’m so happy this particular song has made it into the setlist. So amazing I can’t even deal.

The beautiful, and more importantly special song “It’s a Miracle” was next, before they ended the entire set with “Generation Wild”. The crowd, that was still rather small, kept asking for more but Gabriel just told them they pretty much have no more songs to play, and it isn’t even a lie, haha!

The band paid their thanks and then left the stage.

It was yet another enjoyable show by the boys, although I worry a bit about the dead look in Gabe’s eyes, and his fumbling around on stage. But it’s nothing that isn’t unusual for this band, right? Other than that – energetic and enjoyable set as usual.

After this we got in the car and headed home. Tomorrow this mini-tour continues with Powerwolf.

// Sara

Battle Beast @ Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden 15/11-19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 16, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

Earlier this year, in May to be specific, I had just witnessed a Battle Beast show over the weekend, and was set to walk to my dentist in my Battle Beast hoodie. I rarely use it, beside shows of the aforementioned band, but this day I did. And as I walked to the dentist, I thought to myself “No one in this town knows what Battle Beast is”.

Imagine my surprise, when I around ten minutes later, are greeted with a screen that says “BATTLE BEAST RETURNS TO SWEDEN” and my first instinct winces, as I already have so much planned later this year, how would I ever fit this in?

And then I read it.

“Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad”.

Say what now? SAY WHAT NOW?

And here we are, six months later, and the band is indeed setting foot in MY City. This ever so rarely happens.

So, Toivo arrived at my place around 18 in the evening, and after a quick “romantic” dinner we headed off to Nöjesfabriken, where we met up his friend Martyna. There were a few people scattered about the place, but we sure as hell were one of the first people to arrive on the scene.

However, more and more people arrived much to my surprise and a line started to form so we simply joined them, a lot further back than we normally would be all things considering. But we saw a lot of coats. And coats means wardrobe. Meaning no issue to get to the front, after all. So, we made it to the front all was well, and before we knew it, band numero uno for the evening started.

Brymir

So, first band of the night was Brymir, another band to come out of the Finnish woodlands. Formed back in 2006 at a camp, they’ve been working hard to move forward and here they are.

Sadly, I hadn’t managed to get as much into them beforehand as I wished, but, I must admit – I REALLY enjoyed their show! I guess this is one of those bands that you simply have to see live to truly appreciate! They put on a really good show, despite there being close to no crowd at all.

So, after ca half an hour they left the stage and left it for CyHra to conquer.

CyHra

Today, was in fact, the release gig for “No Halos In Hell”, or at least as close to it as you could say as this was the day of the release for said album. The intro rolled, the band walked on stage and they opened with “Letter To Myself”, and while I was never THAT BIG of a CyHra fan, I simply love this song on so many levels.

Next song on the list was “Bye Bye Forever” from the new album, and this song is a killer. So fun, and really good! They continued on “No Halos In Hell” by going forth with “Dreams Gone Wrong”, “I am The One” and “Battle From Within” before going a bit back in time and doing “Karma”, a well-recieved song from their first album.

“Here to Save You” was next on the list before it was time for “Closure”, and then they jumped straight back to the new album to wrap up the set with “Man of Eternal Rain” and “Out of my Life”.

It was a very very nice show, and I enjoyed it a lot! I think that for every time I see this band I start liking them a little bit more. How great, huh? Fifth time’s the charm and all that right?

The band thanked for themselves and then left the stage. And then, the wait for Battle Beast started.

Battle Beast

And almost precisely 22.30, the intro started rolling and the band emerged one after one onto the stage. And the intro later emerged into “Unbroken”. What a song, what a band? The energy they radiate, and the presence on the stage, it’s perfection!

“Familiar Hell” followed suit real quickly and then right into “Straight to The Heart”. So far, the entire opening has been a series of adrenaline rushes together with a well-designed performance, and it didn’t slow down seeing “Black Ninja” was next on the list.

“Endless Summer” was next on the list, a serene breakdown before going even more down with “I Wish”. Beautiful moments.

The tempo was sped up again with “Raise Your Fists” and if that wasn’t tempo enough, “The Golden Horde” followed straight after. What a kick in the gut.

After this.. it was time to dance. This might, the times it happens, be my favorite moments on the entire Battle Beast shows. When you get to move the body, to the delicate tunes of “Touch In The Night” Laura, Daniel – you aren’t reading this but sure as hell I am thinking about you and looking at you when I hear this song.

“The Hero” was the next song on the list, before it was time to KICK. AS. HIGH. AS. POSSIBLE.

Which is impossible when you are front row, but we managed sort of. Anyone who has ever seen Battle Beast before knows that the song I’m talking about right now is “Bastard Son of Odin”, which was a cardio killer, as usual.

“Out of Control” followed suit and then they wrapped up the show with “Eden” before leaving the stage.

After some time, they returned, positioning themselves on the stage.. Noora kneeling down as the intro to “No More Hollywood Endings” started… beautiful performance. Noora really is a goddess, a queen. Her movements, and her attitude. It’s amazing. She’s a role model.

“King for a Day” was next on the list until they wrapped up their set with “Beyond the Burning Skies”.

Thank you, Battle Beast, again, for yet another amazing show. For being the band you are, and delivering beyond what one could ever imagine. Thank you.

After this, we collected ourselves before it was time for me to hit the next show… So – To be continued!

// Sara

Raubtier @ Frimis Salonger, Örebro, Sweden 11/10 – 19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 31, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

After my little trip to Belgium, I very sadly ended up being ill. I’m not gonna go into details, but painful it was. But when was the last time a bit of illness or pain stopped me from going anywhere? Never.

So, I decided time with my ever so loved partner in crime Toivo, and we set the time to meet up in Örebro around 19 to grab a quick bite and then get in line for the show. A little after 19 I arrived – traffic is your best friend right? – and we grabbed some weird ass food from the trainstation before getting in line. It was “only” around four to five people ahead of us in line, which was great.

The doors opened pretty much right on time and Toivo and I could.. Well, we didn’t need to run we could very simply just walk to the front row. And not long after that, the first band for the evening started.

Alfahanne

So first band was a Swedish band called Alfahanne. They’re from Eskisltuna from what I understood, and I’ll admit I never heard of them prior to this. The drummer came out on stage and pretty much intimidate me with his insane stare in his eyes, and I got these kind of.. trying to be alpha male vibes off him. Not that weird I guess?

The rest of the band came out on stage, and I expected this to be some sort of punkbank, but in reality it was more of a hardrock band. They sang primarily in Swedish and I’m saddened to say it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. But they delievered as good as they could!

Next band to join the ranks, was Utmarken.

Utmarken

So, Utmarken is in fact a band I did see live earlier this year, at Sabaton Open Air. I liked their show, and was looking forward to seeing them again.

They opened the set with “Förfallstid” and I was happily surprised how well the audience responded to them! They quickly moved on to “Välkommen till Norrland” and they had this special kind of energy that, if you ask me, you can only really find with folkmetal bands. Then it was time for “Jaktmarker”, which, judging on the audience, is one of their most popular songs. Great times! “Älgtid, Björntid, Vargtid” followed suit and then “Triumfera” before wrapping the whole set up with “Bröder i Strid”.

That was an amazing show, but the excitement we now felt for Raubtier was something else.

And so was the arena.

As usual with this kind of things, its typical to get tighter when the main act goes on, but even more so considering the typical Raubtier fan. But I’ve survived worse, so how could I not know?

Well we were about to see about that.

And before we knew it.. “Be Mig” started echoing through the speakers and the show started.

Raubtier

They walked onstage to the tunes of Björnes Magasin and opened their show forcefully with “Det Finns Bara Krig” and pretty much the entire crowd turned into a battlefield. But I guess, what else could I be expecting?

“Kall Död Hand” was next on the list, before heading into one of the new songs – “Bunkern”. And it was quite the crowdpleaser, if you ask me! From the bunker into the death with “Dieseldöden”.

“Bothniablod” followed suit, and you know. Something I notice with this band is this.

The place is packed. And every single person in the room seem to know every single song. This band is popular, beyond anything else. Why don’t they tour more often? Or is this the reason, to make sure to maximize profit? Who knows?

“Änglar” Followed up before it was time for another new song, “Ovtjarka”. “Hjärteblod” was next song on the list, followed by what I can only assume is like one of the most popular songs from Raubtier, judging my few experiences in seeing them “Achtung Panzer”.

The band on stage, are delivering better than good this evening. The energy they radiate would get pretty much anyone to.. go beserk? Is that the best way to describe the primal behaviour of the majority that is this crowd? Somwhere along this place in the set, the crowd is getting, very, very, nasty. And we aren’t talking moshpit nasty because that is more than fine.

“Vittring” followed suit before Buffeln got some time in the spotlight for an amazing drumsolo which lead into “Polarvargen”, which was amazingly beautiful. “Götterdämmerung” was next, and it was swiftly followed with “Sveriges Elit”.

“Besten i Mig” and “Dobermann” wrapped up the first part of the set, and the band left the stage.. for a moment as per usual and came back. Started off the encores with a new song, “Högt, Fritt, Blött” before launching into “Världsherravälde”.

And at this point.. Things got real nasty. For some reason, we managed to get a guy behind us who must have been really high on Alfahanne’s testosteronfilled chants, because he thought it was a good idea to start really going for it at me and Toivo. At some point it turned into a complete assault, and gladly, he was removed.. Not by security guys, but by other guys around us, Toivo being the one who pushed him away at first. Where are the security when you need it?

“Kamphund” and “Låt Napalmen Regna Ner” wrapped up the show for this time, and the band thanked for themselved and left the stage.

Aside the shitty event that happened towards the end, this was a really nice show. Enjoyable, and I can’t wait to see them again some time! Thank you!

// Sara

 

 

Crashdïet @ De Verlichte Geest, Roeselare, Belgium 5/10 -19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 15, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

If there was any tour I was looking forward to this fall, it was this one. Crashdïet is one of my original favorite bands from a long, long time – we are talking 11 years here – and them playing together with my newfound heroes in The Cruel Intentions it was simply not an option – I HAVE TO BE THERE.

Said and done, I took the flight down to Belgium, and once at the airport I was greeted by Ivan and we took the train home to Antwerpen – the long route because of broken wires. Oh well, never hurt a soul.

Anyway, my stay in Belgium is a whole different story – on Saturday we hade our way to Gent and got picked up about two hours before doors opened by my dear friend Ginny and made our way over to Roeselare. We had a good drive, catching up on what was new in life and everything and arrived pretty safely and easily at the city. Headed over to the venue where Ginny caught up with some friends of her, and we waited til the doors opened.

Once that happened, we were inside and we.. took some kind of spots. De Verlichte Geest is one of those small club venues, so it isn’t exactly to run up to the front row, but we got some decent spots on the side. Why not?

And after some time, the first band of the evening entered the stage.

Highride

Highride is yet another band to come out of Stockholm and though I had tried listening to them prior to the show, I never really quite fell for them. But they still gave a pretty good show.. for those like seven people who were there.

They played for around 20 minutes before it was time for them to leave it over to someone else. Not any less than 15 minutes later, The Cruel Intentions entered the stage.

The Cruel Intentions

So, you guys knows that I fell head over heels for this band some time ago once I listened them through, and been in love since the moment I got their debut album. There was quite the turn out as the band walked on stage, which I was both surprised and not about. I didn’t realize they had grown so popular, but all the same they deserve it!

They opened the set with “Weekend Suffering” and both me, the crowd and the band were feeling it. The band continued on with “Accidently Intoxicated”, which is one of my personal favorites of them.

The band actually put on quite an amazing performance. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve waited very long to see them – a year and a half since I saw them the first time – and that I see them so rarely that made everything become a big blur and static euphoria rather than anything else.

Everything was simply perfect. Setlist, setting, the band, the crowd – all of it. And my heart weakened a little extra when they wrapped up their set with “Sick Adrenaline” which is ultimately the song that made me fall for them. And then they left the stage.

And.. A large part of the crowd did too. That, I did not actually expect at all, but on the same time, why not?

A little while later, the heroes of the evening entered the stage.

Crashdïet

They opened up the set with “Reptile”, and I couldn’t have imagine a better opening song, to be honest! “Tikket” was next to follow up and you know.. As they started with “Down with the Dust” I got this warm, familiar feeling spreading in my chest. They are back. You know?

And Gabe is one hell of a performer. It felt like I was watching a younger Erik Grönwall who had merged together with Jocke Berg from Hardcore Superstar, making him the ultimate little duracell rabbit and he got the crowd going really, really good.

“Legion” was next on the list before they headed back to “The Savage Playground” with “Cocaine Cowboys”. And after this, “Rust”.

And this song… You know. After giving the album a few listens, and really absorbing this song in particular something just clicked. This band has been through more, in this short period of time, than most bands out there ever have to go through. But for every single setback, they keep pushing through. Some times it takes a long time before they are back, but they get there eventually. And this song has grown to be one of the most important for me because of it, as it represents that. KISS fans, Lordi fans and Eurovision fans may be loyal.

But us Crashdïet fans has be given one fat pat on the shoulder as well, for enduring through all of this.

Next up, Gabe started talking about all of us ladies out there.. And I just knew “Queen Obscene” was coming up next. It’s really a strange feeling, when you see a band that.. You know. Crashdïet was the original band I toured for. My friend and I would travel around as much as we could during Generation Wild era to see this band. They are the OG band.

“In The Maze” followed up, and then back to the beginning with “Breaking The Chainz”.

“Idiots” from the most recent release was played and then.. a song I really wasn’t expecting. “Chemical”, from “Generation Wild”. This song was my favorite song off the album, if we don’t include the bonus track from the vinyl.  So getting to hear it live was just… perfection.

And it seemed to be my kind of evening. My personal favorite song off “The Unattractive Revolution” was next, “Falling Rain” before taking it down a notch with “It’s A Miracle”.

And for the ending… we got “Generation Wild”. If that isn’t the perfect ending, I do not know what is.

And that was just pure bliss.

After the show, we hung around for a while to talk and hang out before heading back toward Gent where Ginny dropped us off after a perfect evening. I hope to do this soon again!

// Sara

 

 

 

Alice Cooper @ Partille Arena, Gothenburg, Sweden 28/9-19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags on September 29, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

If there is one band I’ll always religiously attend shows to it will be this man and his crew. I dare to even go as far to say that there is not other band nor musician that I respect and love as much as I do this one. Being the grandfather of everything we today know as theatrical metal (excuse the term) he is still extremely humble.

For the day, we left our homes around 13ish and headed down toward Gothenburg. It was an easy and smooth ride, and we arrived by the venue by 17 and headed into the “mall” to have a quick dinner before doors opened. Got the chance to very quickly say hello to my good old friend Robert before getting in line.

As we got inside, we stopped by the merch and then into the venue. At this point, not a whole lot of people had come, so we got some pretty decent spots on Chuck’s and Ryan’s side of the stage. Better than nothing right?

And soon enough, Black Stone Cherry started the gig.

Black Stone Cherry

Supportband for this grand evening was Black Stone Cherry. They are a band that I’ve been trying to listen to for many years but quite never really fell for. But even though I may not be a massive fan of their music per se, I still appriciated the show for most parts – they had a great stage prescence and kept the spirit up, at least a bit.

They played for 45 minutes before it was time to close the curtain and set up for Mr Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper

The talking intro started… And first song of the evening was, a bit to my surprise, “Feed My Frankenstein”. As the banner fell down, it revealed to us a large castle setting with Nita and Ryan on top of each of a tower before ascending down the stairs to join the rest of the band. A few gadgets here and there – a casket, some heads and beautiful chandliers in the roof set probably one of the most beautiful stage settings I’ve seen him have. As the song progressed, we’d discover the scientist elements were gone. But why not?

Next song on the list, followed up very quickly was the crowdpleaser “No More Mr Nice Guy”, which is just as terrific as always. “Bed of Nails” was followed just up before we went back in time to “Billion Dollar Babies” era and launched into “Raped and Freezin'”

From the oldies straight into new material as “Fallen in Love” was the next song. Maraccas was brought out and “Muscle of Love” was fired off before a large surprise for me came.

“He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” was next on the list, and this song has grown to be one of my top favorite songs, and I was delighted to have it performed again. And this time, with the stageshow – Teenage girls running around the castle getting murdered by Jason Voorhees.

Sometimes I wonder, at what point do you notice you’ve seen a band too much? Well, it’s a riddle because you can never see a band too much, but I noticed that for some odd reason I could predict “I’m Eighteen” being the next song and I don’t know how I knew it. But splendid, as per usual.

“Billion Dollar Babies” followed suit, and instead of the sword with the money he’s now gotten himself a money canon. Why not? “Poison” was next on the list, and I guess at this point I have to again voice my displeasure with Swedish crowds. As the song starts, a group of people just launches into the spots we’ve been standing in since before Black Stone Cherry, all of us who stood there, just because “Poison” was being played.

GET HERE IN TIME.

STAY IN YOUR SPOT.

How hard can it be? I don’t get it.

Up next was guitarsolos, time for the stringbeders to show what they’re made of. And after this, “Roses on White Lace” with Sheryl Cooper being her most amazing self as the white lady, dancing around. “My Stars” was taken off before it was time for the band to jam – more to be specific to “Devil’s Food” and “Black Widow” before he comes back out through the doors of the castle in the straight jacket brought out by people wearing baby masks to perform “Steven”. As this song happens, a window in the castle opens and a giant baby head starts bouncing around.

He ends up killing the baby, and the famous execution scene came to happen.

Chuck performed “I Love The Dead” with a GIANT FUCKING BABY running across the stage holding Alice’s severed head. He then later came back performing “Escape” before wrapping the set up with “Teenage Frankenstein” and HERE – Frankenstein came to join us. Hence, why he wasn’t really present in the opening song.

After this, the band thanked for themselves and left the stage.

They returned quickly to start off the encores with “Under My Wheels” and then we heard the schoolbell toll and “School’s Out” was a fact. But, there was something special that happened on this particular night.

One of my best friends, Robert, had the day before been invited to take part in Alice’s stage show as a balloon guy. So as the guitar solo started, he entered the stage to deliver the baloons for the party. And remember what I wrote earlier about respect? The fact that he invited him on stage, just like that… It’s incredible. And I was so proud and so happy for Robert I could barely contain my excitement.

After this, the show was done for good and the band say good night. It was once again an incredible show by the Man himself, and I can’t wait to see him again soon enough!

After the show we stopped by the merch again and then steered the wheels home. Thank you, and until next time!

// Sara

Crashdïet – Rust

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on September 25, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

Very well. Here we are. At a point that I guess not a lot of us were entirely sure we’d see. After Simon Cruz’s odd departure some years ago, we were left wondering. What happens now? But we needed not worry it seems – From the ashes into the fire, Crashdïet announces new singer Gabe, and an album is in the production. And now, we hold it in our hands.

So, what do we expect? What will we get? Singles like “Legion” and “Reptile” gave us a taste, but will it live up to the expectations?

A big fat YES is what I’ll ring out to that. At first when you put on on the album, you are greeted with the titletrack and last single of the album “Rust” which is a song that sends you straight back to 1989 with its “Dr Feelgood” vibes, which has everything! The heaviness, the melodies and the lyrics – it is the perfect start of an album.

The album itself continues in the same great vein – it’s all very typical Crashdïet, although I feel the most similarities to “Generation Wild” which I personally consider being one of the best albums in the genre all in all, but we can easily consider this album being the rebirth of a band that has struggled in ways most bands never have had to do.

The start being heavy and aggressive, the album merges out in more melodic stuff with great rhythms and angry lyrics that we’re all used to – it got the typical more partylike tunes such as “Idiots” before mellowing down into “In The Maze” which directly brings the thoughts back to closing song “Beautiul Pain” from aforementioned album.

But, my personal favorite of the album has to be “Crazy”. An upbeat party tune about an insane girl, to put it mildly. I don’t know if it’s because I relate – or if the song is just that great, but to be honest it is. It’s all in the chorus – I could listen to this to the end of times.

Loving the fact it’s followed straight by a song like “Parasite”, about unwanted people in your life. Exactly what we all feel right? The album continues in the same vein – the anger, the heaviness and attitude. The thing I’d dare to say we are kind of used to with this band.

Gabe needs to get some recognition as well. He’s doing a phenomenal performance on the album, and he has the attitude and the voice to fit the sound perfectly. I hope, and believe, he is the answer. That this time it’s for good. I’m looking forward to see him more in action besides what I already saw. He’s a gem.

So all in all. This is the rebirth of the Crashdïet we know, and they came crashing through the doors in a way we could never imagine.

// Sara

Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on September 16, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

After a long journey of three years the stars has aligned once more and granted us with a Twilight Force collection – The tale of the  “Dawn of the Dragonstar”. Changes to the fellowship of the Force has been made since, as Chrileon has wandered off on different endavours, having Allyon now coming along for the adventures.

So, with the new tale along the road, shall we perhaps take a deeper look into the new lore?

The new tales of enchantments opens up with a rather epic and bombastic tune, much similarly to as it opens on the previous adventures, yet not in the near the same. “Dawn of the Dragonstar” serves us with just about the premonitions needed to excel further on this mission.

The adventures and tales continues on in the same vein as the opening – epic fanfares telling you of the adventures of the “Thundersword” coming up ahead, a tune which brings the thoughts back to elder scrolls such as “Powerwind” – yet without the similarity. What really brings my attention is the end of the tune – with its heavier and yet epic, last chorus. And the banjo? Loving it. 

From one adventure to another – cheerful melodies telling us of the crowning of a king, giving us butterflies in our tummies as we hear the jumpy and happy verses accompanied by the large choruses. A song that again, in the arrangements, brings the thoughts back in time. If you hear it, you hear it. 

We continue on our journey with the tale of another journey, just as epic as the ones before before heading straight into Lord of the rings with “Winds of Wisdom” – which opens with an intro like sapphire, and a nice lowkey verse and building up in the chorus instead. Feeling it being a bit of an extension of “Enchanted Dragon of Wisdom”. 

The clocks are ticking as we head into the probably only more aggressive tunes of the album, in “Queen of Eternity”, which isn’t necessarily speaking of an enemy, but still got a complete different mood as the rest of the album. The song has an amazing arrangement – dark opening, more melodic throughout the song and some incredible off scaled choirs. 

After getting through this, we are back on the yellow path again – but only for the music. The story tells the tale of guarding your gold against cunning men, and doing it so in again one epic way.

One of my personal favorites of the album comes up in ”Hydra”, telling the tale of an old monster from the sea – with interesting arrangements. One more song shows its way before it’s time for one of the most epic endings I’ve yet to hear from an album.

It opens up with a serene piano only to head straight into pure epicness. The shifts in tempos as well as style – going through a bit of an Asian inspired style before getting back into the verse makes it a very pleasant song to listen to, although arrangementwise it sometimes brings the thoughts back to earlier material.

Overall, I think it’s a generally good album. I enjoy Allyon’s vocals a lot, and it’s a very typical Twilight Force album, if you ask me. A lot of the arrangements brings the thoughts back to the backcatalouge, but there are not distincitve repeats, which I like a lot. Well done!

Favorite song:  A tie between “Thundersword” and “Hydra”.
Least Favorite: “Night of Winterlight”
Dance-friendliness:  4/10
Headbang-friendliness:  10/ 10
Crowd-friendliness: 9/10

// Sara