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A good, solid Metal album.

Although I will readily admit that my first love and favoured choice is Melodic Rock, every now and again I really need some good ol' Heavy Metal to blow the cobwebs away and get the adrenalin pumping. And this will do just nicely, thank-you very much. Taking the blueprint of traditional metal like Iron Maiden and Dio, and adding the power metal riffs and tempos of Megadeth, Helloween and Gamma Ray, this is 12 tracks and 59 minutes of fist-pumping, head-banging rifferama. From the opening ‘Nemesis Divine (Trial Of The Gods)’ to the closing epic ‘Riders Of The North’ the pace never lets up, but is varied enough to keep it from becoming one-dimensional and repetitive. 

Originally conceived as a one-man project of multi-talented frontman Thord Klarstrom, Gallows End has developed into a full four piece band. Klarstrom handles vocals, guitar, production and the bulk of the song-writing credits, with the rest of the band consists of bassist Niklas Nord, second guitarist Peter Samuelsson and drummer Mikael Karlsson. The dual lead guitar breaks are what mostly triggers the Iron Maiden reference, and there’s plenty of melody within the choruses too. It’s certainly not re-inventing the wheel, but what is nowadays? What it is is just a good, solid Metal album, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Great cover art too!

Ant Heeks

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