Heavy Metal is a global phenomenon and has representatives
from even the most unthinkable countries, and let me introduce a new country to
the long list: Iran. Angband has prior to this album self released an
album, which should have gained them some recognition in the metal community. If
it meets the same standard as this one, then I am sure it has most to do with
the fact that they are revolting against the government with their music and
that they literally fight for their art in a very hostile environment.
Because measured up against the international standard
they fall short in many areas, and "Vision of the Seeker" is no better than some
demo releases we are receiving on a regular basis. The song writing is decent,
the production is mediocre (at best), the band is untight, the leads are
uninspired and the vocals are bad... but what matters here is that a band
fighting for their art is releasing an album to a wider audience.
Angband has a long, long road ahead of them and
they need to improve in all areas, but now they are out-here and getting some
publicity and respect for their efforts and hard work.