Overall, Fifth Son Of Winterdoom is a solid album which retains some of Iron Mask’s classic sound while also introducing elements which should make it a great starting point for fans of hard rock and traditional heavy metal.
now that both new versions of Rhapsody have released an album, it’s clear neither band will be continuing with the exact sound found on the more recent albums, but fans of their earlier works who can live with some slower songs and the lack of an epic 10+ minute closing track, are sure to enjoy Dark Wings Of Steel.
they decided to go in a much heavier direction, and while elements of all their previous albums can be easily noticed, on the whole it feels closest to Njord
German metal band Arven made me an instant fan with their outstanding debut Music Of Light two years ago, an album which seamlessly blended a few different genres together to create one of the most memorable albums of 2011. Now with their sophomore release Black Is The Color, they’ve only gotten better and their music has only gotten more diverse, to the point where you really can’t give an accurate description with just one genre, or even two genres. Maybe three or four genres could cover it, but even then, you would be leaving certain aspects out. However, what matters is that they managed to blend everything together fluidly, so it’s an album where it’s easy to love everything about it.
Ailyn sounds as amazing ever, and from there the song takes off and becomes a classic that should especially impress fans of the debut At Sixes And Sevens.
Overall, I would say my general feeling is that the album starts out very strong and stays strong up until after “Skyride” which from there it starts getting a bit tired and the last few songs aren’t on par with the first ones, sadly. It’s a shame because the material that is good is most definitely enjoyable but the final few songs really drag for me and the final score of the album will reflect that.
The band has got a great guitar player in their line-up as well (Sergey Valeryanov) and thanks to the mastering at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, their album ‘Chaos engines’ should be a surprising top 10 record in the female fronted metal releases of 2012!