Power of Metal.dk Review

Lord Volture
Will To Power
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 12 September, 2014
Playing time: 47:15

Are you in for some traditional heavy metal in the vein of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Vicious Rumors, then this third album by Lord Volture just might be something for you. On this third album there is a different singer from the second release (with Sean Peck), this time David Marcelis (Methusalem, Conquestador) takes care of the vocals. He does a good job, especially in the more higher regions. Another strong point is the guitar parts by the duo Paul Marcelis and Leon Hermans, especially the guitar soli on the album are very nice and impressive.

There are songs leaning towards power metal like the opening tracks "Where the Enemy Sleep" and "Taklaman", but also real old school sounding heavy metal songs of which "The Pugilist" is the best example. That track sounds like early Mercyful Fate with a Saxon sauce and an Iron Maiden dip. That there is enough variation shows the track "My Sworn Enemy", which has influences from the Judas Priest 'Painkiller' era. If you need a more nowadays comparison, I could mention Cage. "Badajoz" is yet another song with rather strong Mercyful Fate influences, but they never exaggerate. On earlier albums they already had guests like Sean Peck and Jeff Waters, on this album they have invited Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth) to play along. The album was produced in the Split Second Sound Studio, Amsterdam with Bart Hennephof (Textures) and Yuma van Eekelen (Pestilence) behind the buttons. To put the dots on the I's the album was mixed and mastered by Stephen van Haestregt (Within Temptation, Ambeon). They did a good job because the album sounds heavy, has the old school feeling, but still sounds modern.

For insiders it will not be a surprise that Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate influences can be heard, because some members are also known from the cover bands Up the Irons and Mercyful Fake. I'm glad that this Dutch band develops and improves with every album; the song-writing gets stronger every time.

A job well done and an ideal album for the real heavy metal fan that is also into Cage, Primal Fear, Hammerfall, Wolf and of course the old school names I already mentioned.

Strongest track: "Badajoz (1812)", but also "Where the Enemy Sleep", "The Pugulist" and "My Sworn Enemy" are strongly recommended.

01. Where the Enemy Sleep
The Pugilist
Will to Power
My Sworn Enemy
The Great Blinding
Badajoz (1812)
09. Line 'em Up!
Label: Mausoleum Records
Promotion: Rock'n Growl Promotion
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 12 September, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/lordvolture