|Review: Galloglass - Legends From Now and Nevermore|
|Legends From Now and Nevermore|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
for:Legends From Now and Nevermore
Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)
This band is so fucking cool. I mean, how many Power Metal bands can start an album off with a song like "Dragon's Revenge," which has a chorus featuring the line "They were ripped APAAAART!" sung in the most happy, cheerful fashion you can imagine? That's why I love this kind of Power Metal; it's just so campy and joyously over the top. The melodies are top notch, the choruses are great, and even the riffs kick ass. There's just no bullshit in this; it is as earnest and unassuming as a music record gets. No pretension, no gimmicks, just pure, ballsy, melodious fantasy-metal the way it was meant to be played. Just look at that cover; would you expect anything else?
Galloglass is sort of like HammerFall or old Nocturnal Rites and also kind of like early Human Fortress and Elvenking, with the folksy, chamber-like influences of the latter, but also the pure nostalgic melody and riff-work of the former. Vocalist Carsten Frank, soon to become a sexual predator singing on Human Fortress' Eternal Empire, sings admirably, with a lot of pomp and triumph to his richly melodic voice. The guitarists pump out lead-iron melodies fit for the rich neighborhoods but played here for all to enjoy, and the riffs are speedy and fueled from behind by propulsive double-bass drumming, although this is not in any way intrusive. Really, this is just exceptionally well written Power Metal, no more, no less, and that's what I love about it.
The songs are all in the four to five minute range, ranging from mid-paced stompers to the speedier cuts that the band seems to prefer. Even generic songs like "Ancient Times" are made supremely enjoyable through the band's charisma and personality, as well as the subtle folksiness implemented. Opener "Dragons Revenge" stakes claim to a mighty amount of territory for the band, and further barn-burners like "Crusade of the Damned" and the excellently catchy title track do not let up. "Remember the Fire" is a moody half-ballad with a boiling chorus and a lot of slower, but still heavy, melodies. "Eye to Eye" is a swashbuckling affair with swirling melodies and a strangely Priest-like air about the whole thing, and the feel of this song is just really cool. "A Wintertale" is the song most people talk about, and it might be the best one here, but if so, not by a lot. It's a mid-paced, folksy romp n' stomp with a huge hook and a lot of charm to it. Very cool song.
Some songs aren't quite as good, like "The Conjuring," which I can just never remember, and the subdued ballad "The Quest," but these still aren't bad songs, they just aren't as good as the really fucking awesome tracks that make up the first half of the album. And besides, the band makes up for it by ending strong on "The Last Stand," anyway, so all mistakes are forgiven. Legends from Now and Nevermore is a really enjoyable and highly energetic album by Galloglass, and criminally overlooked, at that. It's just such a thoroughly fun, cheerful affair. There's nothing mean spirited or dark about it, even when what they're singing about is, and sometimes that's just what I need. Highly recommended.
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