MARCH TO DIE
Tears Of The Gorgon
(No Remorse Records)
48:12min

Holy smoke! That opening track ‘The Eternal Oath’ is one of the best openings I have heard for years. Bombastic choirs, majestic riffs and some kind of spoken word passage, not too short, but not too long either. What the band from Cyprus set off in the first almost four minutes of their debut is damn strong. Two bands can be identified as main influences: MANOWAR and BATHORY, both during their more epic phases. I would not call the nine songs a simple copy, there is too much of own creativity in them. The music never gets boring, you never get the impression that this is a clumsy copycat. Of course, all the ingredients for a typical Epic Metal album are there: pompous arrangements with symphonic elements plus lots of choirs and epic melodies, lyrics dealing with heroic tales of kings, old gods and mystical legends. The somewhat hoarse singing may not please everyone, but on the other hand we are spared annoying high-pitched vocals. In one place or another the songwriting does not seem fully developed yet, but that is more than compensated for by the enthusiasm and joy of playing. No matter what sub-genre of Heavy Metal, I think most fans value vividness more than perfect songwriting and overproduced, clinical studio sound. Of course, Epic Metal, just like classic Heavy Metal, has experienced a renaissance during the last years, the number of bands is almost unmanageable. At the end of the day everyone has to decide for themselves whether they need another Epic Metal band or not. In order to make a decision, please visit www.facebook.com/marchtodie666 or www.facebook.com/noremorserecordsgreece

Mirco Szymyslik

Mirco Szymyslik

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