|Review: Andras - Iron Way|
Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year released: 2008
Genre: Pagan Metal
Review online: July 3, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
It was with great pleasure that I received this promo from German label Einheit Produktionen. It was with even greater pleasure that I discovered a new (to my ears) talented act called Andras. Right from the first look at this awesome cover art, I knew this music would be right down my alley. I was not disappointed at all by what I heard.
Needless to say, Iron Way has been spinning in my player quite a few times, with renewed joys. These guys are no newcomers since they are one of the oldest Black Metal hordes from East Germany. Better late than never for me to discover them! Iron Way is what I would call a very melodic and epic symphonic Pagan Metal opus. On this album, fast/furious Black Metal anthems share the musical structure with orchestral and epic hymns. Variations in tempos and emotional levels are no stranger to these talented musicians. In the same composition, one can often hear fast paces with double basses, rasps/growls, clean vocals and leads, then some atmospheric keyboards and moderate paces. Other compositions are more of the moderate type, and they get my vote for being my overall favorite. They are: "Return to Black Hill" and " Kreuzweg". On the faster side, my favorite furious Black metal song is track #4, "Across These Highlights". Once again, this one also includes nice atmospheric keyboard parts. "Intro" and "Outro" are just two excellent short instrumentals, worth mentioning as well. The clean vocals have a bit of a Vintersorg style, but without the annoying ear-piercing tone. As for the blast beats/double basses, they don't bother me as much as they normally would. Maybe this is due to the variation in their songwriting and the good production work as well as the fact that they don't have a mechanical sound.
If you enjoy intelligent songwriting and melodic epic Black Metal, then go for Iron Way.
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