Power of Metal.dk Review

Iron Mask
Fifth Son of Winterdom
Style: Power Metal/Hard Rock
Release date: 8 November, 2013
Playing time: 66:09

Power metal and hard rock, well there are indeed elements of both. It could do without the epic length of power metal though. Unfortunately this album is far too long. The title track particularly reminds me of the end of the final Lord of the Rings movie. I regrettably found myself thinking 'please just END!' It lasts 10 minutes. 4 of the 12 songs take up almost half the total running time of just over an hour.

It hits the right spots so many places. The guitar work is progressive for the genre, and a very positive factor for the album as a whole. There is well thought out lyrical content, particularly the very personal dedication "Farewell Father" and 'The Picture Of Dorian Grey'.

The riffs are catchy but because of the sheer length of them it is difficult to maintain interest. If only they had shortened the album just a little it could have been better.

That is the reason it only JUST falls short of a rock solid rating. Shorter songs would have easily made a rock solid rating, maybe even higher.

01. Back Into Mystery
Like A Lion In A Cage
One Commandment
Seven Samurai
Fifth Son Of Winterdoom
Angel Eyes Demon Soul
Rock Religion
Father Farewell
Eagle Of Fire
Reconquista 1492
11. Run To Me
12. The Picture Of Dorian Grey
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Matt Fabi
Date: 16 November, 2013
Website: www.iron-mask.com