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Review: Grand Magus - Triumph and Power
Grand Magus
Triumph and Power

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 42:26
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 2, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Triumph and Power

Rated 4.07/5 (81.3%) (46 Votes)

Wow. That was my first thought when the chants that open "On Hooves of Gold," the first track on Grand Magus' seventh album, Triumph and Power, faded and the massive riff kicked in. Then there's the chorus, which I was singing almost immediately as I pictured warriors on horseback riding to war. And that's just the first song. "Steel Versus Steel" continues the assault of epic, crushing Traditional Heavy Metal and things don't really slow down until track five, "Dominator." I mean that figuratively, not literally, as this song has a rather quick tempo, but is simpler and less majestic than those preceding it. There's a quick instrumental, "Arv," and then the pounding riffs pick right back up where "Triumph and Power" left off. My first exposure to Grand Magus was via 2012's The Hunt and while that's a decent album, it is more Heavy/Power Metal and made me wonder what all the fuss was surrounding their prior works. Well, if Triumph and Power is any indication, The Hunt was a significant musical detour and Grand Magus is back to doing what brought them their notoriety; playing kick-ass epic Heavy Metal.

If pressed, I would say that The Hunt is akin to Manowar's Fighting the World, with its straight up, melodic Heavy Metal, while Triumph and Power is equal parts Into Glory Ride and Hail to England. Grand Magus songs like "On Hooves of Gold," "Fight" and "Holmgång" make me think of Manowar songs like "Dark Avenger," "Gloves of Metal" and "Army of the Immortals." From me, that is high praise, indeed, as those are some of my all-time favorite songs. 2014 has just begun and I already have a contender for my year-end top ten list. Triumph and Power is nothing if not aptly named.

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