Battlelore
Sword's Song


2.0
poor

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
December 12th, 2005 | 18 replies | 2,918 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Tolkien-based power metal bands, while providing a source of extreme humor for the metal world, are often a sure bet for some enjoyable yet not overly spectacular music. Epic choir singing, symphonic keyboard effects, melodic instrument work, and enchanting vocals most often accompany the (cheesy) lyrical themes. Battlelore’s second album Sword’s Song Certainly has all of that. The music is epic with plenty of chanting and orchestral arrangements with some pleasant vocal work. Unfortunately, such a simple yet effective formula was not expanded upon here. For bands that play the described genre, “boredom" is usually a difficult thing to fall to. While Sword’s Song has occasional high points, it is the text book example of poorly written music under said style. On the one hand, we have the incredible female vocals, which are very clean and soothing. On the other hand, we have the chugging riffs, which seem to add no dimension to the music, and seem oddly out of place with such accompaniment.

Heavy riffs and screaming can potentially be mixed to a lethal combination alongside symphonic mystical elements (see: [url=http://www.musicianforums.com/sputnik/bands.php?bandid=133 ]Children of Bodom[/url]). The main downfall of Battlelore is the over-emphasizing of brutality instead of focusing on the incredible soothing factor of their music. The riffs could’ve done perfectly well as a rhythm track while keys provided the main melody. However, their own rendition of “harsh vocals" often outweighs the merits they earn. Tomi sounds like a less fitting version of Johan Hegg. His voice is a deep, unpolished grown that does not at all aid the melodic aspects of the music. Kaisa handles most of the vocal duty, which is the band’s main redemption.

The music itself is an odd combination of brutal riffs and melodic synth work. Once the initial awkwardness of the non-complimentary elements, the music seems to flow adequately well with the occasional clash. Sons of Riddermark doesn’t seem to make much sense musically, as does the confusing blend of the title track. However, the lack of consistency is battled b pleasing power metal excursions such as Khazad-Dum, one of the few tracks where Tomi’s grunts work well. Inconsistent is really the only way to describe this. High points and low points are mixed into an album with varying degrees of success.

Overall, “boring" isn’t perhaps the best way to describe this. Battlelore is an unusual band in their own right, and seem to fuse elements on the opposite ends of the metal spectrum. They strike some epic and highly melodic moments but bring themselves down by attempting to master the heavier side. Sword’s Song is perhaps and adequate mixture of the two, but it sounds as though Battlelore has yet to truly find the pinnacle point of their tolerable sound.

Recommended listening:
- The Mark of the Bear
- Khazad-Dûm (Part II - Silent Caverns)
- Starlight Kingdom

Strengths:
- Good melodic and symphonic combination
- Excellent female singing

Weaknesses:
- Growling ruins the sound
- Simplistic instrumental work and structures
- Vastly inconsistent



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Jawaharal
December 12th 2005



1832 Comments


Power Metal lyrics are so lame

pulseczar
December 12th 2005



2385 Comments


You put "Boom" instead of "Bodom". Good review, I'm ashamed to say I've never read a review of yours before. That proves how much interest I have in Metal as a whole, I guess.

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005



3854 Comments


Kamelot's lyrics ar epretty good. But yeah, Battlelore, Sonatica Artica, and Children Of Bodom have some of the lameist lyrics period.

Shadows
Moderator
December 12th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank you everyone.

These guys are the cheesiest band ever. Gayer then Elton John's rainbow bedsheets.

Check them out:

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/431_photo.jpg

The music is nothing to speak of either.

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 12th 2005



257 Comments


well if they as you say have "Simplistic instrumental work and structures" then they are not a power metal band i would like to know. Top notch review

EDIT:

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/431_photo.jpg


:lol: that cant possibly be them can it. is it. :lol::lol:This Message Edited On 12.12.05

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005



3854 Comments


http://www.metal-archives.com/images/431_photo.jpg


That is the bad side of Lord Of The Rings

Shadows
Moderator
December 12th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That is most certainly them. Their lyrics are drawn directly from Lord of the Rings. They like to act as though they're from Middle Earth too, so says the song Attack Of The Orcs.

These guys are the cheesiest thing ever.

Jawaharal
December 12th 2005



1832 Comments


http://www.metal-archives.com/images/431_photo.jpg

thats even worse than the black metal pictures. :lol:

pulseczar
December 12th 2005



2385 Comments


http://www.metal-archives.com/images/431_photo.jpg


I found a new band to idolize

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 12th 2005



257 Comments


i am now putting that as my wall paper :D

Shattered_Future
December 13th 2005



1539 Comments


Yes, that picture is sheer gold.

Girl on the left is mighty hot too. Just lose the elf ears.

I have to see if my friend has slsked any of this for me...this looks like a rather interesting band. Regardless of the review or not, I have to hear this for myself.

Arrakakaka
December 13th 2005



685 Comments


God, these guys are FAGGOTS. I have now adopted a burning hatred for Tolkien based power metal.

Shadows
Moderator
December 13th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[QUOTE=Nightwish guy]I have to see if my friend has slsked any of this for me...this looks like a rather interesting band. Regardless of the review or not, I have to hear this for myself.[/QUOTE]
You might like it. They have some excellent female singing here, but I think the Amon Amarth-style growling kills the effect.

[QUOTE=Unstable]God, these guys are FAGGOTS. I have now adopted a burning hatred for Tolkien based power metal.[/QUOTE]
Hahaha, this band is probably the worst of the worst. Not all Tolkien bands are this bad though.

Shattered_Future
December 13th 2005



1539 Comments


Eh, I've listened to plenty of Beauty And The Beast styled bands...those are the female singing backed up by male growling.

Tolkien metal isn't THAT bad. Case in point: Nightfall In Middle Earth by Blind Guardian. Aside from being cheesy as hell, at least.

Thor
December 13th 2005



10170 Comments


I can stand some pretty cheesy power metal, but this is where I would have to draw the line. Good review.

Dream Walking
January 15th 2006



2 Comments


What!!! people think Blind Guardian are cheesy!
I've never thought that about them before.
well i guess if it is cheesy then I'm glad to be a cheesy man.
nightfall in middle earth is the only tolkien based album made by BG by the way

Muikuli
January 13th 2009



184 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This band is actually ok. The vocals of Kaisa are very, very good although the band is slightly average otherwise.

Zyhaal
November 7th 2010



193 Comments


excellent female vocals indeed! The music is very average, as already said earlier, but the female vocals knocks the music up a notch.



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