|Review: Ironsword - Ironsword|
Label: The Miskatonic Foundation
Year released: 2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: May 2, 2006
Reviewed by: Ulysses
These Portuguese barbarians have done a mighty job at creating savage Epic Metal in the vein of such masters of the genre as Manilla Road with a mixture of Battleram but also with more than a few outside inspirations from other genres, perhaps even a faint speck of Black Metal. The vocals are a tad bit unique in this self-titled release too; focusing a bit more on a stable and fairly aggressive battle roar with some melodic Heavy Metal aspects included to shape a motivating style. Although the majority of the music is steady Epic Metal that crosses into neither speed or doom territory, at times the music speeds up to produce some truly headbang-worthy riffs that'll no doubt result in you driving your horns into the air while smashing your head into the wall.
The album starts of with a nice and steady smashing of a gong, which is no doubt a worthy intro. After the intro finishes you'll be instantly battered by a collection of warmongering battle-riffs. Everything is fucking BATTLE in this album, look at the fucking song names damn it (not to mention the band name isn't Metal enough)! This is one of those albums that would make Goths, emos, and posers cringe in fear. This is dark-age warfare music at its finest; it's here to awaken the ancestral barbaric wrath that's contained within you!
The album has a constant steady flow, remaining the key sound while the tracks are still distinguishable and not too similar. The only problem with the album is that I wished it was a bit longer, 38 minutes is good and all, but whenever it ends you just want more (but I guess that's what the second album is for). This is a damn fine release; these Portuguese masters have done Heavy Metal a great deed by constructing an album that defines sword-wielding combat. Highly fuckin' recommended!
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