Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife
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Gloryhammer is the new project of Christopher Bowes, the mastermind of the Pirate Metal sensation Alestorm. Tales from the Kingdom of Fife is a concept album and tells the story of an alternate-history medieval Scotland, a realm of dragons, wizards, magic and dark sorcery. Pounding doublebass, enthralling riffs and bombastic orchestral parts create the perfect balance between in-your-face speed tracks and epic Metal hymns. Vox by Thomas Winkler (Emerald), produced by Lasse Lammert (LSD Studio) & art by Dan Goldsworthy (Accept, Hell). For fans of ALESTORM, BAL-SAGOTH, AVANTASIA, and KAMELOT
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Gloryhammer is ment to be very cheesy, and not to be taken seriously. They made this album for people to have fun with, I mean the first song of the album is about the kingdom being attacked by an army of undead unicorns XD! Though despite it's silliness, it's still manages to be awesome as well. One of my favorite songs from the album is "Angus McFife", which has a very catchy chorus. Other songs that are great are the Beginning song "The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee" for it's silly premise like I've said before, but it still manages to sound epic. "Quest for the Hammer of Glory" because it sounds so bad ass and epic, and "Silent Tears of the Frozen Princess" for being a little different by being slow and melodic compared to the rest of the album.
This is a fun album to listen to. If you want to listen to an album that will give you a blast, then I definitely recommend this album. It's silly and corny, but it's meant to be. And the production it high quality too, so it's really cheesy, but epic as well.
I find this work to be brilliant. It helps listening to this with headphones or a high-end speaker set. The guitar-work is top-notch, and the keyboards have a lot of punch. The vocals, while cheesy, actually require a good amount of technique to sound good. Even though "Fireballs and Lightning are raining from the sky" are hard lyrics to mess up, singing them at that pitch is another challenge. The synthesizer work is superb. I can't believe that I'm saying it, but this is an example of good symphonic metal, even with the over-the-top lyrics
It's surprising that this is Gloryhammer's first album. It sounds like these musicians have been together for a long time, but outside Christopher Bowes, everyone else seems to be an ex-member of a not-as-well-known band. It's a feat by itself finding a set of band members that sound this good
So parent stuff: no swears (that I can make out), no growly stuff or detuned guitars, just hum-worthy riffs and catchy melodies that will stay with you.
Well, then a funny thing happened as I continued to spin. The songs just would not leave my head. I started liking it all more and more. I realized that despite the fact that there is a glut in the genre, this one stands above. The songs are catchy, speedy, epic. Sing along stuff, stuff I find myself humming in the streets without the tune on.
So yeah, this is a win. If you like power metal, grab it. If you like Alestorm, grab it and support it, give it a go. If you like good melodic metal, worth the grab. Ive been playing it on a regular rotation for the last week, and after the first initial listen which left me unenamored, this one REALLY crept up on me. Stellar stuff.
then get this album. Holy carp it's good
I love Metal, I love music that is done in a story line, Love dragons and I was not dissapointed. This is a fun musical journey. I loved the entire CD and was left wanting more! A great balance.
I love Alestorm and didn't connecct the two until I went on youtube.