Power of Metal.dk Review

Damnation Angels
The Valiant Fire
Style: Melodic/Symphonic Metal
Release date: 27 March, 2015
Playing time: 64:45

The symphonic power metal band Damnation Angels from Doncaster, England, is back with a brand new studio album. With the masterpiece album 'Bringer of Light' from 2013 in their backpack, I'm extremely curious how 'The Valiant Fire' sounds like. The answer: Not any big surprises in the sound picture actually since the last album, but they have evolved during these two years! I've found several new favourite songs on the tracklist, which is just magnificently enjoyable.

Their massive and bombastic symphonic metal has grown and is even more pompous and progressive than before. The powerful vocal performance from the fantastic Norwegian singer PelleK, who possesses a super wide tone scale in his vocal cords, polishes their metal music into almost perfection. Damnation Angels' exciting metal style is like a wild intersection or a insane blend of Kamelot, Nightwish, Dimmu Borgir, Avantasia and Angra with a topping of Queen. Very tasteful and pleasant to consume for many power metal fans. Damnation Angels has really done it again!

This epic album contains nine top-fuelled tracks (six of them clock over 6 minutes each) and every single song is unique and it's like a journey into a dark thrilling fairytale world. It's exciting and never boring to listen to 'The Valiant Fire' and Pellek's voice fits like hand in glove in this symphonic and bombastic metal. I must mention the closing track 'Under An Ancient Sun' before any other song, because this is maybe the best song they ever made. A sensational song with heavy guitars, progressive colors, complex rythms, bombastic drumming, majestic keys and shining vocals! 8:55 minutes of pure quality music. A superb track!

The massive, 9:26 minute long track 'The Frontiersman' is another amazing song. It starts slow and calm with the delicious voice of Pellek and grows into a symphonic metal gold bar in the middle. Galloping pace and the clear, high vocals electrify all my senses. Top score! The progressive tune 'Closure' also starts in a slow pace, but accelerates after a while, and the track has a lot of mega-heavy guitar riffs. Pompous and big metal! Another strong song is the glimmering ballad 'The Passing' with magnificent vocals...The opening track 'Finding Requiem' fills my head with compact and dark symphonic metal. Imaginative and a suspenseful track. 'Icarus Syndrome' is dripping with oily, vigorous,  aplomb power metal and the progressive parts are sparkling works of art.

Well, folks, this is an album you can listen to over and over again and find new great moments you missed in the previous spin. An album which will definetly be on my best album of 2015 list!

Damnation Angels:
Will Graney - Guitars, orchestration, Backing vocals
PelleK - Vocals
John Graney - Drums

01. Finding Requiem
Icarus Syndrome
This Is Who We Are
The Frontiersman
The Passing
The Fire Inside
Under An Ancient Sun
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 22 March, 2015
Website: www.damnationangels.com