Frost-Rimed Iron
The Fire of Conquest


3.8
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
September 11th, 2021 | 18 replies


Release Date: 08/27/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fine example of well-executed medieval dungeon synth.

In dungeon synth, the line between "genuine" and "amateurish" is extremely thin. Nevertheless, when it clicks, the outcome can be truly special, and The Fire of Conquest is a fine example of well-executed DS. To begin with, the cover art suggests a barbaric/epic approach which is only 50% correct, as the atmosphere here is definitely epic but the songwriting is diverse and, even, refined. Take, for example, the relaxing "When the War-Glaive Wanes", which brings to mind Sequestered Keep with its gentle medieval flavor. This medieval flavor is part of every track, however, the songwriting is diverse and engaging enough to keep the listener's attention almost undiminished throughout its 34 minutes, except for "Blood Oath". The 16-minute long album closer, with its driving rhythm, creates a sincere war-like feeling, but at the same time doesn't justify its length as it doesn't feature enough twists and turns. Other than that minor drawback, The Fire of Conquest can be a delight for anyone who appreciates medieval DS or simply epic orchestral music. The dreamy atmosphere brings to mind ships sailing on the sea preparing for battle, an image which is augmented with the use of sea and storm sound effects on "Dark Shores of Fury". In fact, the first four tracks create an array of feelings, from imposing ("The Seething Fjord of Swords") to nostalgia. However, where this compilation excels beyond doubt, is in exuding a convincing epic atmosphere that doesn't sound at all amateurish or banal, a feat that makes it a perfect offering for escaping reality, even just for a while.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


12293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Just an extended soundoff for all you dungeon synth-heads.

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


15233 Comments


Nice soundoff. Jks. I haven't had a lot of time for the dungeon this year. The hills haven't faired much better.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2021


12293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

lol thanks dude. It's sloppy and choppy, but hopefully someone will check this one and enjoy it as much as I did.

garas
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2021


6558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

> but hopefully someone will check this

I have been summoned.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2021


12293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Awesome, hope you enjoy man.

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2021


2918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looks interesting, nice little review manosg!

bludngorevidal
September 13th 2021


154 Comments


Dungeon Synth that doesn't have Grime Stone's stamp of approval?! I'm intrigued at the sheer audacity, if nothing else.

BallsToTheWall
September 13th 2021


50571 Comments


I’m about this.

Pho3nix
September 13th 2021


1175 Comments


Nice! need to czech this

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2021


12293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Glad to see this one getting some traction. Hope you guys enjoy it.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2021


16784 Comments


These "extended soundoffs" are nice, I might start doing the same soon. Among other things, they generate threads.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2021


12293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Indeed. I grew up reading really short reviews in magazines, and never complained about the length or the degree of analysis. Also, I have very limited time lately and this style of review suits me as a reader too.

wayfaringstranger
September 15th 2021


255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A nice little slab of DS for sure, thanks for the recommendation. You're quite correct in stating that actually making the music feel genuine and not over-the-top or cheesy can be a struggle for some DS, but this album definitely seems to get it right.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


26021 Comments


Now that's a proper metal band name. Always a pleasure to read you manosg!

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


12293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

haha agreed Dewi and appreciate it.



Really glad you enjoyed this one, wayfaringstranger.

Pikazilla
September 16th 2021


19127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool stuff

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2021


12293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

For sure. Good replay value as well.

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2021


2918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just got done with my first listen, the closer definitely drags a bit but this pretty awesome, perhaps my favorite dungeon synth release this year.



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