Blazon Stone
Damnation


3.5
great

Review

by manosg STAFF
September 15th, 2021 | 10 replies


Release Date: 09/15/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Keeping the Jolly Roger high

By now, it's pretty obvious that Blazon Stone's mastermind, Ced, is no scallywag when it comes to reproducing that characteristic '90s Running Wild sound. Each of the band's previous five releases featured more or less the same sweet grog recipe. For those who aren't familiar with the Swedish outfit, or Running Wild, on the band's sixth LP, you will enjoy some fine pirate-themed power metal with a great sense of melody, frequent use of gang vocals, and huge choruses that are as infectious as STD's after cracking Jenny's teacup. The absolute highlight on here is the high level of energy, combined with some amazing guitar leads. One thing that is worth mentioning as well, is that this is the first Blazon Stone album with a full line-up rather than having Ced playing all the instruments and employing a singer. In practice, this hasn't changed much, apart from providing Ced with the necessary enthusiasm to record again, after being on the verge of striking the colors a couple of years ago.

Throughout the album, the level of songwriting and execution remains pretty much the same, and all songs are around 4-5 minutes long, with the exception of the closer which is the longest track in the band's discography; a 9:42 epic that is solid but a bit unspectacular. Naturally, the LP strikes high in the nostalgia scale and low on originality, however, if we compare it with other modern power metal records, or even Running Wild's modern output, then Damnation can easily hold its own. All in all, this is a great opportunity for all you old salts to reminisce and enjoy some rum... unless you prefer to walk the plank.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


12307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is lots of fun, as every Blazon Stone album.

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


16995 Comments


From the looks of it, Rock'n'Rolf will be proud. I'll take a peek over the weekend.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


12307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha yes, he should be, this is as good as a tribute band can be.

bloc
September 15th 2021


67076 Comments


Only heard Return to Port Royal so far. Will check this and the rest of their discog

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


12307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's really hard for me to decide which of their albums is my favorite. Maybe Return to Port Royal because it's the one I heard first, but their discog is solid.

Pikazilla
September 15th 2021


19750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All their albums rule despite being unapologetic ripoffs of you know who

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2021


12307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yup. Breitenhold is also a cool Ced project, if you're into early-Blind Guardian.

rockarollacola
September 15th 2021


1146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

BLAZON STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE

Sniff
September 16th 2021


7237 Comments


Gonna walk the plank to anger burning

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2021


9314 Comments


Great stuff, my only complaint is I would want the sound to be heavier/sharper.


Breitenhold is also a cool Ced project

Ditto about the sound



Edit:

Bohemian Renegate rips.

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