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The gate is beginning to open.

Bolting the stable doors on a metallic steed forged by Ronnie James Dio and Manowar comes the second album from Sacred Gate. The German heavy metal flag flyers once again deliver some storming songs on 'Tides Of War'.

The follow-up to last year's 'When Eternity Ends', gets off to an ominous start. After a short, grand instrumental heralding the start (or possibly the beginning of the end), a clap of thunder rings out before a rush of drums and charging guitars begins 'The Immortal One' and we're off into a land of heavy metal.

Founded by Greek musicians Jim Over (vocals) and Nicko Nikolaidis (guitars), these are metal heads on a mission. Giving aural high-fives to British metal acts such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Sacred Gate let out loud, heavy guitar attacks and strong, impassioned vocals in the best tradition.

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The grandiosity and pomp of power metal is never far away and tracks like the headbanging 'Defenders (Valour Is in Our Blood)' and 'Gates Of Fire', with its pummelling drums, push them closer into this territory. Some excellent guitar work on 'Spartan Killing Machine' and the even better instrumental 'The Final March' is a choice made by a band that have found their feet and are starting to march to victory.

Although not as technically good as others in a similar bracket, like American behemoth Iced Earth for instance, for sheer determination and effort that bleeds from the speakers, Sacred Gate must be applauded. Just one more step in the right direction, be it an album or song, is all that would be needed to take them up to that next level. The gate is beginning to open.

Dan Bond

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