Power of Metal.dk Review

Holy Shire
Style: Epic Fantasy Powermetal
Release date: 13 May, 2014
Playing time: 55:00

This Italian band has 8 members and this is their first full length since they started in 2009. With 2 singers, Aeon (female lead vocals), Elisa (singing on this album, but already replaced by La Sisiki) and a member on Flute. The other musicians play the regular instruments necesarry for a band: bass, drums, (lead)-guitars and keyboard.

The album starts rather up tempo, but not so heavy. The flute immediately takes part in the music and the female vocals are o.k., but not outstanding. After a few more songs, I doze away a bit, it sounds a bit flawed and tame. For me personal it could have been a bit heavier, with more cojones. The songs are rather average, I never get the idea that there is something special happening. At times I have to think about the band Spellblast because of the flute and some folk elements. Towards the end of the CD I have heard enough, it is just not good enough to catch the ear. Therefore the songs are too weak, the production too tame and flawed and the singing not strong enough. And yes the track on the digipack "Greensleeves" is Holy Shires version of the traditional English folk song.

An average band and if you spit outside you could hit nine just like that.

01. Bewitched (My Words Are Power)
Winter is Coming
Gift of Death
Overlord of Fire
Holy Shire
The Revenge of the Shadow
Holy War
09. Midgard
10. Greensleeves (digipack)
Label: Bakerteam Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 14 May, 2014
Website: www.holyshire.com