|Review: Signum Regis - Chapter IV: The Reckoning|
|Chapter IV: The Reckoning|
Label: Ulterium Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 13, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Chapter IV: The Reckoning
European Power Metal has been on a long crusade and nothing seems to be stopping it. "Flower Metal" is the term that you often see connected to many European Power Metal bands with a slick and overly clean production, but with Signum Regis you cannot say they fall into that category. They do things a bit differently compared to their European partners in crime.
Chapter IV: The Reckoning is Signum Regis' fourth full-length studio outing and it's very much a riff-driven – supported by synths, of course – epic Power Metal album with a mean streak and they are not your typical Sonata Arctica nor Dreamtale. I really like the musical territory these Slovaks operate in, combining pure heaviness with catchy and powerful (but not too sweet or watered-down) choruses. Vocalist Marián "Mayo" Petranin is one hell of an amazing singer, sounding masculine with more of a traditional Heavy Metal tone.
There's nothing exceptional or grandiose on Chapter IV but it's a solid, well-crafted Power Metal album with some balls.
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