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Reviews – Warfront – Phoosi

01. Of Conflict and Sorrow
02. Military of Stone
03. Tales of Conflict
04. Fellows of the Hammer
05. Collectively We Rise
06. Gates of Ekrund
07. One Final Day
08. The Battle of the 5 Armies
09. I Am the Mountain
10. Tomorrow Has Come

WIND ROSE have discovered a candy spot. Someplace between the pristine, progressive energy metallic of their early days, the hangover-inducing frivolity of prime folks metallic and the heads-down, no-nonsense classicism of GRAVE DIGGER, these Italians have struck upon a components that virtually comes with a free copy of “Lord of the Rings” and a cardboard axe connected. “Warfront” is the band’s fifth full-length album, and their second for Napalm Information. Very similar to its predecessor, 2019’s “Wintersaga”, the brand new materials sounds enormous and precision-tooled, with all the things from laudably punchy kick-drums to all method of peripheral percussive elaborations leaping from the audio system with most zinginess. None of that will rely for a lot if the songs had been duds, in fact, however WIND ROSE have rather more than re-purposed cliches at their disposal.

These songs are all rooted within the ever-fertile soil of epic fantasy, and from thunderous kick-off “Of Conflict and Sorrow” to “Tomorrow Has Come”‘s tear-stained tour-de-force, there isn’t a mistaking a powerful sense of collective heroism: it’s virtually as if the band themselves are singing and taking part in from direct sword-wielding expertise. Weirdly, then, WIND ROSE appear to be one of many extra plausible bands to arrange store on this colourful nook of the metallic world. “Fellows of the Hammer” gives a rousing combination of darkish symphonic metallic and breezy, wistful melodic hooks, with frontman Francesco Cavalieri seemingly backed up by a forged of closely armed hundreds. In much less succesful fingers, songs like this could typically appear a bit too cartoonish for their very own good, WIND ROSE‘s Tolkien fixation appears completely becoming for a band that reportedly contains 5 “dwarven warriors.” Given how brief a shocking quantity of rock stars really are, it is not laborious to consider.

Pleasingly, “Warfront” sustains its boisterous demeanor from starting to finish. WIND ROSE present a couple of indicators of a extra adventurous band that will reveal itself on future information: “The Battle of the 5 Armies” and “I Am the Mountain” each take a extra expansive and noticeably heavier method to armor-plated swashbuckling, and the Italians’ reward for subtly advanced preparations actually shines, albeit whereas being barely overshadowed by colossal, fists-in-the-air tunes always. Specifically, “The Battle of the 5 Armies” is a magnificently dramatic affair, with echoes of each BLIND GUARDIAN and SABATON, and a few ingenious layering of Cavalieri‘s vocals. “Tomorrow Has Come” supplies a fairly beautiful, pathos-sodden finale, and all is effectively within the (fantasy) world.

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