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Review: Angband - IV

Label: Pure Underground Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 42:49
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 15, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Looking over the reviews of Angband's previous albums here at The Metal Crypt made me wonder why I bothered downloading their fourth album, IV, in the first place. I wasn't nearly as disappointed as I expected to be when the first track, "Fighters", pounded from my speakers. Sure, they are playing the same kind of generic chugging riffs of earlier efforts. Sure, the solos don't quite nail the beat a few times. Sure, the vocal lines sound forced. It was then that I looked up the band on Metal-Archives and found that Pharaoh's Tim Aymar is now handling the vocals and his presence raises Angband a couple of notches. I like how they have incorporated the Ney (a type of flute common in the region the band is from) and some Persian melodies into songs like "Mirage." Despite the upgrade behind the microphone and unique influences, however, IV is still flawed album. The songwriting is bland and Aymar can sing but he's leaning way too hard into his performance like he's determined to blast through the songs with everything he's got. I think some more restrained and nuanced performances would have served some of these songs far better. I applaud these guys for continuing to hone their craft when they come from a society that does not appreciate their art. Angband is still a long way from being anything I will tell you to go out of your way to hear, but they are also a long way from the where they started.

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