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Review: Fortress Under Siege - Atlantis
Fortress Under Siege

Label: Rock of Angels Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 50:44
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy/Progressive


Review online: January 15, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (8 Votes)

Atlantis is the third album from Greece's Fortress Under Siege and the first one I've heard. They play proggy heavy metal that is not over-indulgent in terms of individual performances, rather the songs rely on intricate melodies and vocal lines as parts of complete songs. Singer Tasos Lazaris has a very Dickinsonian delivery which, combined with the band's musical direction, had me thinking of Seventh Son-era Maiden quite often while Atlantis was on (they even have a song called "Seventh Son"). Overall, it is an enjoyable album with no weak spots. The heavy songs are heavy, the choruses have a fair number of hooks and the instruments aren't trying to one up one another. That said, no single track stood out and Fortress Under Siege don't really have a sound distinctly their own. There are worse bands to emulate (or it least be highly influenced by) than Iron Maiden and that's how I am thinking of Atlantis; a really good Maiden-esque heavy/prog record.

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