Power of Metal.dk Review

Blood Leads to Glory
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 6 September, 2014
Playing time: 49:58

It is great that there are bands that keep the spirit of the old RUNNING WILD alive, after the titular lost it. ELVENSTORM are in this family from their foundation in 2008. Because of the exhaustion of the style or because of some other reasons the French present their new album three years after their debut.

The quartet with front lady had grown up musically. The songs are faster, and the successfully implemented classical tone approaches in metal are considerably structured. The aspiration of galloping rhythm made the release dynamic but it also made the new album a bit monotonous. The voice of Laura Ferreux has always possessed a female range. Although the speeding of the tempo and the battle lyrics the guys had left the vocalist to unfold in a melodic direction, that comes to me too much pop. Compared to the debut the production has a very high quality. This makes the instrumental part good, but leaves a precise but weak voice supported by effects. The melodic solos and the refined introductions build the lace decoration of the eleven songs.

Speed, classic heavy metal, and strong connection to RUNNING WILD; this is what the French offer. The cover song of SAVAGE GRACE and the duet with Marta Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER) implement a pleasant diversity in the album. However, it could be better if „Where Angels Dare to Die“, to be left with its original lyrics and title of „Call from the Graveof BATHORY. In this case the French band would have an enriched interpretation. I am afraid that the composing in ELVENSTORM remains problematic as a technology, although the achieved high standard for sound. Traditionally the band has a remarkable artwork.

01. Sanguis At Gloriam
Reign In Glory
Werewolves of the East
Temple of the Sun
Ruler of the Night
Black Hordes
Fallen One
08. S
irens of Death
Where Angels Dare to Die
Mistress from Hell
Into the Fire
Label: Infernö Records
Distribution: Infernö Records
Artwork rating: 93/100
Reviewed by: Rock Thrashler
Date: 29 December, 2014
Website: www.elvenstorm.com