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Review: Tengwar - Flight of the Dragon
Flight of the Dragon

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 57:49
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 26, 2018
Reviewed by: Edward T. Head
Readers Rating
Flight of the Dragon

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Flight of the Dragon is, to date, Tengwar's only studio album, and it harkens back to earlier moments of Metal Blade, and other gems from metal's heyday. What you get on Flight of the Dragon is epic/heavy/US metal that fits right in with Omen, Manilla Road, and the like; right down to the band's name, which comes straight from Tolkien.

There are no trends and there's nothing modern on Flight of the Dragon. From the vocals to the guitar tone and melodic solos, to the production/mix itself, and to the (sloppily) hand-drawn cover art, everything about the album screams "old school". However, many of the songs don't stand out quite like the classics of the aforementioned genre masters, but the best of the songs more than make up for this.

"DragonStrike", with its ferocious, rolling stomp in the verses and playful, melodic leads in the chorus, is a real standout, and may well be the best song on the album. Tengwar also show that they know how to thrash on "Hammer of the Gods", and "Flight of the Gryphon" is a sprawling epic number.

While there is a handful of filler on the album, Flight of the Dragon is a more than solid release for fans of the genre. It's a shame that Tengwar didn't do much past this release, as Cruz Del Sur or Metal on Metal could have really molded them into something special.

Additional Information

The entire album is available, track-by-track, on YouTube.

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