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Another one to file under "meh".

Debates on whether this is actually Stormhammer after a six year hiatus and a new singer, drummer and guitarist are a bit moot, as it certainly sounds like Stormhammer. What that means is bombastic German Heavy Metal with serious song titles and earnest looks to camera whenever possible. It's all a bit Spinal Tap meets Bad News, but past experience has taught me that cheesy and earnest can bring about entertaining music, so who knows what is hiding in the new Stormhammer's toolbox.

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Well the short answer to that question is "nothing new". Stormhammer could be any number of European Metal bands, making acceptable music that will no doubt have appeal to some people but will hardly raise an eyebrow with those who know of all the much better bands they could be listening to. Yes, it's got widdly guitar playing that is pretty good, it's got a decent sense of melody throughout and the vocals are okay (if a little too "shouty"), but 'Echoes Of A Lost Paradise' is an echo of a better band. I should have known better as the two minute intro track put me in a mood instead of setting one.

In summary, Stormhammer offer absolutely nothing that you haven't heard a hundred times before. They are not a bad band by any means, but lack any real sense of soul, leaving an empty shell that someone has poured liquid German Metal into; another one to file under "meh".

Alan Holloway

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