|Review: Reverence (USA) - Gods of War|
|Gods of War|
Label: Razar Ice Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: March 21, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Gods of War
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
It's always nice to hear good quality Metal from the United States considering we're mostly a backwater in general. Detroit's Reverence plays an older European Power Metal style with a modern production on their second full-length Gods of War. The guitars have a sharp, nasty bite with plenty of squeals and pinches and the vocals are a strong mid-range with just enough high-pitched screams to raise the hair on your arms a bit. The solos are classic dual-guitar style with plenty of trade-offs and harmonies. There are a few spots where riffing has that Helloween undulation ("Heart of Gold") but we're mostly in Painkiller-era Priest on Gods of War. "Battle Cry" is probably the best song of the bunch with a great chorus and some of the best aforementioned lead-guitar work on the album. Some of the lyrics are overly simplistic ("Angel in Black" and "Tear Down the Mountain") and even for someone like me who doesn't focus on lyrics that much they noticeably hinder the songs. Then the guitars rip back in and most, if not all, is forgiven.
Reverence flash promise in great measure and even the pedestrian songs on Gods of War can't hide the fact that these guys have worthy skills. If you dig 80s Priest and Helloween or newer bands like Primal Fear, Reverence is a band to watch.
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