|Review: Knights of Tethys - Salacia
Year released: 2003
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 6, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.38/5 (67.5%) (8 Votes)
This first full-length follows in the steps of the very short 2002 demo: Classic-sounding heavy metal with a hint of power metal influences here and there, and lyrical contents based on fantasy and war, quite fitting to the band's name. "Salacia" is actually beyond full-length: At 77 minutes, it contains nearly two albums worth of material. This is kind of a double-edged sword: It does showcase the band's potential and diversity, but at the same time it's almost like they simply tried to fill the CD to capacity, and results in the ensemble sounding a bit disconnected. But beside a couple of so-so songs, this is probably the worst thing about this album, so in the end these "shortcomings" are easily overshadowed by the quality of most of the material presented here. The production is OK but could be better - it seems to be holding back a few songs. Surely a better recording budget would take care of that. :)
Summing up this band's musical style is not easy since they showcase a wide range of influences, from 70s classic rock to Manowar, Iron Maiden, Attacker, plus some NWOBHM. Interestingly, some of the guitar playing reminds me a bit of Quebec City's Ice Vinland. In other words, if you've heard the band's demo, then you have a good idea of what you'll hear on Salacia. There's an improvement in the musicianship and songwriting, although there are still a few rough edges, mostly on the vocal side where things are overdone or sound slightly out of place at times, but overall the band seems to be headed in the right direction and can keep the listener in headbanging mode most of the time - always a good thing. Bottom line, fans of traditional heavy metal and of not-so-Euro power metal should find something they like in here.
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