Power of Metal.dk Review

Last Bastion
The Road to Redemption
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 4 April, 2014
Playing time: 56:42

ILast Bastion is a band based in Seattle, WA. Formed in 2012 and they play fast almost European sounding power metal, leaning toward speed metal. The first thing I thought when listening to the album was that they are a fast version of Blind Guardian, in the first place because of the vocals of Joe Lovatt. He needs to work on his voice, because he sometimes sounds a bit false, but in general he has a same kind of sound as Hansi. Besides that there are also a lot of musical similarities with Sabaton. The keyboard has quite a big role in their music and to compensate for that I would have liked the guitars a bit more in front of the mix. Lots of twin guitars (soli) are also a trademark here.

You can hear that this is their first album, it sounds talented, fresh, creative, but also a bit unbalanced. The drums in the song "Road to Redemption" sound a bit messy and not really tight, but I know for sure that the next album will be better, just because they are more experienced in recording an album. With a heavier and better production on the next album I think they can make the necessary step to put the spotlights on them. There are so many average bands in this genre and with this album they are the umpteenth at the moment.

If you like bands like Powerquest, Mob Rules and stuff like that, you should at least check them out.

01. I Know When I'm Home
Ancient Lands
Northern Kingdom
Angel's Tyranny
Road to Redemption
The Way of Kings pt I - Cursed by Fate
The Way of Kings pt II - Stormblessed
09. Liberation
10. Forevermore
Label: Independent
Distribution: Metal Revelation
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 29 April, 2014
Website: www.lastbastionofficial.com