Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes brings us his new project GloryHammer to rip it’s way through conventional wisdom and enchant us with tales of medieval magic and dragons. Come with me on a quest into ancient lands and glorious battles as we discover the Land of Fife in an inferno of power metal.
Tales from the Kingdom of Fife is an epic album that gallops through your skull like a marauding army on the way to a mighty battle, hacking it’s way through what you think you know about fantasy metal and showing you a whole new world. Spinning yarns of Magic, Unicorns, Battles and Dragons the album is a collections of tales set in an alternative medieval Scotland following the exploits and adventures of Angus McFife in a quest to free the people of Dundee from an evil wizard Zargothrax. Epic Stuff!
Now you either like this brand of power metal or you don’t, frankly I don’t care because I love it, unashamedly I’ll add, and can’t get enough of the fantasy world of old with it’s warriors and wizards. Let’s face it, it has to be more exciting than this reality, and with the new series of Game of Thrones hitting TV screens soon this album is perfectly timed for all those out there craving a bit of extravagant fantasy.
Bowes takes a back seat in this line up, playing the Keyboards and leaving vocals to Emerald’s Thomas Winkler, a man of small stature, but who no less commands an amazing presence in this set up, his vocals the perfect accompaniment to guitars that squeal like farm yard pigs, double bass drums that pound like an oily Blacksmith and keyboards that twinkle like the sun shimmering on blood soaked grass. The small man delivers a vocal performance that emanates out of the speakers with a mighty bellow, delivering each tale with poise and belief, however the highest accolade goes to the writers who give us glorious stories in truly operatic arenas to allow our minds to wonder around in wonder, you can really immerse yourself in the world they are telling you about.
So, with Alestorm really “scraping the Barrel” on their disappointing third album, there is hope for fans of fantasy laden power metal in the form of GloryHammer, who deliver the goods in epic form. Prepare for battle as GloryHammer look set to dislodge seasoned fantasy metal bands from their long-held seats of power this year, for stand out tracks look no further than first single Angus McFife or the powerful Epic Rage of Furious Thunder.
For your magical amazement here is the hero Angus McFife;[youtube]http://youtu.be/VTW30Q4B3Go[/youtube]