Sacred Outcry
Damned For All Time


4.2
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
October 4th, 2020 | 14 replies


Release Date: 09/25/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Patience is a virtue.

Good things come to those who wait, and Sacred Outcry look like firm believers of this old English proverb, as it took them nearly 20 years to release their debut. Fortunately for heavy/power metal fans, they finally managed to create what seems to be one of the best epic metal LPs of the last few years.

But first things first; one of my, many seriously flawed, theories in music has to do with artwork, and how an album with a dragon on its cover cannot disappoint. The same applies to LPs that start with the sound of horse hooves or waves, but this is another story for now. Therefore, my expectations from Sacred Outcry’s debut were already high when I saw on its cover not only two dragons, but also Elric of Melniboné carrying the Stormbringer, and a castle. If you’re not an epic metal freak, this probably means nothing to you, but for people who love this genre, this is a wet dream that often leads to disappointment, with the cover art ending up being far more impressive than the actual music.

Fortunately, this is not the case here, as Damned For All Time is as impressive as its cover art.

To begin with, the execution is impeccable, with a great sense of melody, clever use of keyboards, memorable riffs, and catchy vocal lines. Actually, it’s because it took these guys 20 years to release music, they had the chance to work with one of the best modern heavy metal vocalists, Yannis Papadopoulos (Battle Beast). In his best performance yet, he adjusts to each song’s needs by making full use of his range and style. Also, no song sounds exactly like another on here, as the band puts forth an array of different influences and structures. For example, “Sacred Outcry” is the most energetic track of the album and brings to mind Painkiller-era Judas Priest and Iced Earth. On the other hand, Farewell” wouldn’t be out of place in one of Manowar’s ‘80s efforts as the power ballad, and “Scared to Cry” is an emotional folk ballad a la “The Bard’s Song” with a gentle melody and vocal lines that you imagine that are being sung by 20,000 fans in Wacken Open Air festival.

In fact, the acoustic interludes play an important role in conveying a medieval vibe similar to Blind Guardian and also work as a recurring theme. In that vein, “Where Ancient Gods are Still Hailed”, “Lonely Man”, and “Crystal Tears” all feature acoustic intros. The first of the bunch would make Warlord’s Bill Tsamis proud, whereas “Lonely Man” evolves into a euro-power metal frenzy that brings to mind Helloween. Unfortunately, “Crystal Tears” is the only song on here that I have trouble remembering, even though its intro brings to mind Ritchie Blackmore’s acoustic playing. Of course, like any good epic metal album that respects itself, it has to include a +7-minute song. Damned For All Time’s self-titled track is an almost 15-minute behemoth that features several changes in mood and pace, and revolves around Michael Moorcock’s cursed anti-hero, Elric of Melnibone.

Overall, if you’re in for some power metal with a strong epic flavor, this is going to be one of your favorite releases of the year. The fact that it took this LP 20 years to see the light of the day, is a blessing in disguise, as its Yannis Papadopoulos’ voice that lifts what was already an extremely solid effort. Hopefully, it doesn’t take these guys 20 more years to release Damned For All Time’s successor.




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Beardog
October 4th 2020


3795 Comments


Song you linked sounds pretty cool, will check. Nice review

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Sweet, hope you enjoy, man.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2020


8885 Comments


Great review man, I'm always skeptical about new power metal (especially the euro branch), but this album is good.

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cor22222
October 4th 2020


332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

For me it's totally unmemorable album, also vocal potential is unused in at least 50%. Ask yourself next year if you have returned to these record.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2020


21930 Comments


That cover screams "manoooooosg review meeee" ;)

A debut 20 years in the making, wow, gotta jam it just for the dedication.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Cheers Voi! Agreed, I loved this one from the first two singles.



I hear you, cor. Maybe it's because I've jammed this one so many times, but I don't find it unmemorable. Regarding the lifetime value, that's a good point, so we'll see next year.



You know it, Dewi! Hope you enjoy it, if you get the time to check it.

Elynna
October 4th 2020


586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really great, the best power metal I’ve heard in 2020. Looking forward to their next album in 2047.

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Eakflanderyof
October 4th 2020


2937 Comments


Pretty bad band name lol. Album art looks cool though

Pho3nix
October 5th 2020


944 Comments


Since it took them 20 years, I'll have to check this. Thank you for the review.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Appreciate it, Pho3nix. Hope you enjoy, man.



haha that's the spirit Elynna!

bloc
October 10th 2020


63601 Comments


This album is fuckin amazing wow

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Always count on bloc to appreciate a great metal album.

bloc
October 10th 2020


63601 Comments


This basically shot up to one of the best metal albums I've heard this year. Everything is done so well and tastefully. So glad I saw your 4.2 and decided to check it.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2020


12016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Glad you enjoyed it so much, man. When I heard the first two singles, I couldn't believe they were that good, and by a band I wasn't aware of.



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