|Review: Quicksand Dream - Beheading Tyrants|
Label: Cruz Del Sur
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 27, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Beheading Tyrants is the second full-length from Sweden's Quicksand Dream. I can't speak for the debut but this album is a cool throwback to the Epic Heavy Metal of the early 80s. The clear vocals, laden with echo but little else in the way of studio effects, and the crunchy, melodic riffs had me imagining unreleased tracks from Warlord ("Daughters of Eve") and Manilla Road ("Cloud of Screams"). The simple interwoven guitar lines that open "The Shadow that Bleeds" followed by a riff that bull-rushes from the speakers had me thinking of Atlantean Kodex, if not on the same level of quality, then definitely in style. The harmonized vocals are also a Kodex hallmark. Beheading Tyrants is listed as an album but with only six songs clocking in at just over 31 minutes it is more akin to Warlord's extended EP debut Deliver Us.
I've thrown out some big names when drawing comparisons for Quicksand Dream and lest you think they are in that rarefied air, they aren't. The songs on the second half of are not as good as on the first half and either recycle what you've heard before ("The Girl from the Island") or drag under the weight of their own length ("To Kill Beneath the Sun"), so Quicksand Dream have work to do but I hear a ton of promise. The world can always use more quality Epic Heavy Metal so if these guys have a solid album in them, I'll be one of the first in line to grab it. In the meantime, check out Beheading Tyrants for a glimpse into the future.
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