|Review: Stormhold - The Lost World|
|The Lost World|
Label: Total Metal Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 2, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:The Lost World
Eastern Europe has lots to offer, Metal music-wise. From Gomel, Belarus, comes this Death Metal sextet named Stormhold and whose second album is quite a mishmash of different elements. Calling them melodic, progressive and blackened, partly keyboard-driven Death Metal would perhaps be an appropriate description of The Lost World.
The Lost World kicks off with "Wind of Freedom," which does not raise my hopes regarding my first experience with this band. The keyboards in the very beginning of the song made me almost give up on the disc but, gladly, I gave it a fair chance. After my initial shock, Stormhold started showing off some different musical elements that please my ears.
Stormhold's music is a versatile mix of Black/Death Metal ("The Understanding of Truth"), progressive Death Metal ("Another Day"), atmospheric, keyboard-laden Death Metal ("Our Blood's on the Cross of War"), Gothenburg Death Metal ("Eyes in the Eyes") and so on. Their brand of Death Metal has got lots to offer and I am not sure if that was intentional or unintentional. Nevertheless, it has paid off nicely because they have lived up to their musical promise on The Lost World and, at the same time, underlining the fact that Eastern Europe, and especially Belarus, has a lot to offer. Good stuff here.
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