When I read the words “Epic Metal”, my mind creates a whole movie soundtrack. There is a big orchestra playing… well, epic melodies, and I imagine massive fight scenes involving vikings, knights and something like that. And all this with a decent amount of metal.
Now, what if I told you that Vesperia’s new EP The Iron Tempests delivers all this? The band from Toronto/Canada have already released two albums, two demos and released their new EP on 10 July.
I was suprised when I read that the three songs on this EP were recorded live. But after listening closely I noticed it. Nevertheless, the quality of the recording is amazing and perfectly mastered, it sounds quite as good as recorded in the studio.
There are two new songs, and “Iron Saga” is just perfect in my opinion. The orchestration is great, plus the instruments and Morgan Riders vocals just sound brilliant together. The third song is a cover version of “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. Uncountable Metal bands played this song, Apocalyptica and Epica are just two examples. That’s why I think it is really hard to put one’s own stamp on it, but Vesperia definitely nailed it.
If I had to put Wacken Metal-Battle winners Vesperia to a genre, I would place it somewhere between Viking Metal, Epic/Symphonic Metal and Blackened Death Metal. You can see, it is not easy to describe their style, but I recommend you to give them a listen and maybe put them into a completely different genre.
But, really. The Iron Tempests is an awesome EP, maybe a bit short, but definitely worth a listen.
1. The Western Tempests (4:32)
2. Iron Saga (6:13)
3. In the Hall of the Mountain King (2:12)
Playing time: 13:25
Release date: 10 July, 2015