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Review: Airged L'amh - Ode to Salvation
Airged L'amh
Ode to Salvation

Label: Eat Metal Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 53:52
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 25, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Ode to Salvation

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

After listening to their previous album, I was excited to see what this band had to offer with their new work. Ode to Salvation starts with the epic but too long of an intro. From there the album continues with mostly strong, mid-paced songs that satisfy even the most demanding of fans. There are plenty of highlights here: "Hunter's Path", "Dine in Hades", "Glide on the Wings" and the title track (which is fast for this kind of metal). Lyrically this is based on war, swords and ancient battles, common for a band from the genre and that region of the world.

There are some faults in here though: the guitar tone isn't quite as powerful as the previous album; while still good it doesn't leave any lasting impressions. Most of the songs sound alike and it is never easy to distinguish them; also there is some filler here like "Page of Essence" (easily the worst song here) which feels very disjointed. This leads me to Steve Vernardo's voice which is inconsistent to say the least; he sounds good on some songs and makes me cringe in others.

While this album doesn't have an instant classic like "Guardian of the Ancient Deeds", it is a solid Heavy Epic Metal album. It takes time to get used to and to fully appreciate it. Still this Ode to Salvation is a record that I can recommend to fans of Epic Metal and a good follow up, just don't expect to be blown away.

Track Listing:
  1. Midlothian
  2. Hunter's Path
  3. Ode To Salvation
  4. Eternal Eyes
  5. Dine In Hades
  6. Pages Of Essence
  7. The Ritual Lair
  8. Mo Coushle
  9. Glide On The Wings
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