Gloryhammer
Tales from the Kingdom of Fife


3.5
great

Review

by NeoSpaz USER (32 Reviews)
April 11th, 2013 | 40 replies | 2,583 views


Release Date: 04/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes you need a bit more cheesy power metal in your life.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Power-metal is a strange thing. Most is so cheesy that you wouldn't go near it with a 9 foot pole, be it the overuse of high vocal harmonies, similar sounding harmonies and often fantasy-based lyrics. Gloryhammer is no exception to this rule, bringing all of the above in force. However, it isn't as bad as it could really be, all things considered. The story is amusing, the guitars flamboyant, yet not to the same level of similar bands in the genre, not mentioning names.

Now, it would be easy to talk about how the band doesn't push any boundaries, how the story isn't particularly original and some of the guitar harmonies sounds a little bit too similar to Alestorm (Which isn't surprising considering Christopher Bowes is at the helm of the band). It would be too easy to talk about all of this and say how it brings down the overall quality of the record, but for once, I'm not going to discuss those things.

Why? Because this record isn't supposed to be taken so literally. It's an easy album to sit down, listen to, sing along, laugh along, whatever it is that you do when you listen an album you enjoy. With music like this, there is no point trying to hold it to a ridiculously high standard of quality, when in reality, all it comes down to is the fact that is easy music that was made to be listened to casually. It isn't designed to be a classic of the ages, the next Master of Puppets, it's not trying to bring power metal forwards into a new golden age. All it provides for the listeners is amusement, rather than trying to convey a political message, a source of anger for the people of the underground.

The production on this is crisp, the solos tight, the keyboards, whilst leaning on the cliche side of things, add another dimension to the story. Unicorns aside, the lyrics are amusing and the fact that the band put the effort into writing their own specific characters and plotline makes it just that much more interesting. The story follows the tale of Angus McFife and his battle against the wizard Zargothax, whilst encountering dragons and magic along the way.

After all this, the album is really just an enjoyable listen, one to listen to with your friends or just listen to when you're feeling a little flat. The infectious harmonies will be sure to pick up a listeners interest, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of other groups in the genre.

3.5/5



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NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was fun to listen to, not fun to write.

Disrupt
April 10th 2013



274 Comments


A glorified hammer

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is a pretty cool hammer.

Tyrael
April 10th 2013



20394 Comments


For once I actually tried reviewing something again and this happens

ffs

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

Disrupt
April 10th 2013



274 Comments


I like the light inside

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry Tyr, you should still do it, my review isn't fantastic.

Tyrael
April 10th 2013



20394 Comments


You should totally include a cheese pun in your summary bro

do itttt :D

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I fucking should.

Hmm but what could it be

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



18577 Comments


check avantasia's new album neo

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

will do Atari

Funeralopolis
April 10th 2013



10427 Comments


this blue album here colby cheesy but it is aware and provalones to seize the moment and ends up being a gouda release for it.

Digging: CunninLynguists - Oneirology

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



18577 Comments


also good review pos. don't know much about power metal but the opening track on avantasia's new album is catchy as hell.

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, i like a good catchy power metal song or two.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



18577 Comments


Cool let me know what u think and I'm assuming you've heard helloween?

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Course man, love Keeper of the Seven keys

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



18577 Comments


Yeah same here but that's like the only power metal I know other than dio lol

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aha, I like a bit. Dragonland is cool, but the keyboards grate on my nerves, I like Kamelot a lot, and there's a few other bands that I listen to that would be classed as power metal but off the top of my head I can't bring them up

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2013



18577 Comments


hmmm i should probably check kamelot what's your favorite album by them?

NeoSpaz
April 10th 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably The Black Halo, and their newest Silverthorn was really enjoyable as well

mindleviticus
April 10th 2013



7937 Comments


wanna check this cause power metal rules



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