Power of Metal.dk Review

Opus I - All My Kingdoms
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 22 February, 2013
Playing time: 49:38

Heavatar is the project by the man, who is responsible for Van Canto's rakkatakka rhythm guitar: Stefan Schmidt. On this project he took care of the lead guitar and vocals.

That metal and classical music go perfectly hand in hand isn't new. Bands like Mekong Delta, Therion and At Vance are just a few examples for that. This Heavatar (a heavy avatar) uses influences of Bach and Beethoven in their songs. If you listen closely, you hear that in "Elysium at Dawn" the band used the piano part of Für Elise as a base for this heavy thrashy song. I'm not really impressed by the vocals of Stefan, he sounds a bit like a mix of James Hetfield with a general power metal vocalist. You can almost conclude that Heavatar is a kind of Van Canto but then with real instruments. Bands like Blind Guardian, Metallica and Manowar aren't far away either.

In the end it is power metal with classical influences and a nice thrash bite. The only song I am not happy about is the track "To the Metal", which is definitely meant as an ode to some metal bands, but in my opinion it is just a bad track. Summary: a good album for everyone, who appreciates (German) power metal with classical influences.

01. Replica
02. Abacadabra
03. All My Kingdoms
04. Elysium At Dawn
05. Long Way Home
06. Born to Fly
07. Luna! Luna!
08. The Look Above
09. To the Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 February, 2013
Website: www.heavatar.net