|Review: Gallows End - Nemesis Divine|
Label: Farvahar Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 26, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)
This the debut for Sweden's Gallows End, originally started as a one-man band led by singer/guitarist Thord Klarström. At first, I thought that this was a Doom Metal album (solely because of their name) but to my surprise, this is a straight up Heavy Metal album. As is common with many bands of the genre, they let the excellent guitar playing take much of the spotlight. I say that that was a smart decision as it is easily the best part of the album. There are other highlights of course but the riffs and solos by Klarström and Peter Samuelsson are the main attraction.
Sonically I think that this has much in common with Iron Maiden, Ireland's Celtic Legacy and even Megadeth. Aside from the vocals, which I found simply ok, it reminded me heavily of those bands. If you happen to like those bands as much as I do then this album is right for you. Needless to say that these people are good musicians but even better songwriters, each of the twelve songs here are awesome, some more than others but overall this is a rocking ride from start to finish. For a sample of this, just listen to the title track, "Kingdom of the Damned" or the superb epic "Riders of the North". As I stated before, the guitars are the most important instrument here but that doesn't mean that the rhythm section is left behind. In fact, in some instances they get some of the spotlight as it was in "Different Eyes" so you know that the entire band worked as a whole to make this album.
If there is anything wrong with Nemesis Divine, it is that most songs have the same song structure until the solo or chorus kicks in. It is only a minor complaint but noticeable enough to deduct point for it. Still this is an album full of highlights that guitar aficionados will fall in love with, and while this isn't a classic, it is certainly damned close. I fully expect for their follow up to improve on this formula until then this will satisfy me until then. Recommended.
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