Gaia Epicus
Style: Melodic Power Metal
Release date: February 28th 2007

Gaia Epicus calls themselves melodic power metal, and to some extend I do agree with this categorization, but they surely mix in a lot of other styles as well.


Basics are fast power metal with a lot of journeys into Bay Area Thrash metal - just take a listen to "Iron Curtain", which is pure Forbidden thrash, but for most parts the influences are from Germany - more precisely Hamburg! Gamma Ray and Running Wild have surely made quite an impression on these Norwegian metal heads, and as long as they don't rip them off, then I do not mind that it's easy to hear their influences.


Gaia Epicus' third album is really entertaining, even if it's by no means very original nor groundbreaking metal, but it does put a smile on your face and it made me play some air-guitars. Sure this is nothing but a poor-mans Gamma Ray, and a lot of the riffs are recycled, but I still find it enjoyable and fun to listen to...


The production does sadly enough not have the same standard as one could have expected, which means the vocals from Thomas Hansen come across kind of flat, but the guitar sound is nice and crispy, but the overall sound is only mediocre.


'Victory' is a solid release, and as long as you can live with the obvious lack of originality then I am sure it'll offer an enjoyable time for any power metal fan out there...


Check it out!


Label: Epicus Records
Distribution: Zink Music
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: March 4th 2007