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!