First release from this German
band and on the music there is not a lot to bitch about. Black metal parts,
classical influences, atmospheric soundtrack sounds and symphonic elements all
can be heard here. Epica is a band that enters my mind often, but in the heavier
parts Wintersun is another one. The riff and opening scream in the third track
"Arming for Retribution" made me think about the 'underestimated' band
Dispatched (2002 - 'Motherwar'). Influences of Turisas can be also be heard in
The songs are rather well
arranged and the production is tight. The weakness on the album is the vocal
parts. The clean vocals are below average for today's standard, something the
band should work on for their second release. The black metal screams don't
impress me either; they are average and should sound more brutal and aggressive.
If the band can work on that, I don't see any bumps on the road for them to get
into a more leading position.