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Review: Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards
Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 48:03
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 2, 2021
Reviewed by: Micah.Ram
Readers Rating
Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

The second installment in the Gloryhammer series, Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards, is a fine follow up to the debut Tales from the Kingdom of Fife. There are a few different versions out there with a variety of bonus tracks, but I will stick to reviewing just the tracks of the main album here. I did, however, listen to the second disc inclusion of instrumental work that is most likely all the work of Christopher Bowes, the visionary and keyboardist of the band. While it is a complementary addition, I did not find much desire to listen to it a second time.

If you have already read the reviews on the site for either the first or third album, you already know what to expect here. This album ramps up the storyline, developing characters like Angus McFife and the crew. However, this one also introduces a new character who would hold a vital role, which is the Hootsman. He has his own track here, called "The Hollywood Hootsman," and it is easily one of the highlights of the album, if not the most fun track.

"Rise of the Chaos Wizards," "Universe on Fire," and "Apocalypse 1992" are the other standout tracks, all for different reasons. "Rise of the Chaos Wizards" is one of the most impressive numbers vocally, which really highlights the vocal prowess of Thomas Winkler, a vocalist who sells it as well live as he does on disc. Seeing videos of the band perform live are a true testament to the greatness he brings as a vocalist to this band. Aside from being impressive vocally, the song also has an incredibly catchy and powerful chorus which has a great key change near the end, as if Thomas wasn't singing high enough before! "Universe on Fire" is likable for completely different reasons, as it brings a very different energy, one that almost possesses a dance music feel. The chorus is in no way all that special, but somehow, it will work itself into your head and stay for a long while. At this time, I have distanced myself from the record for a few weeks after binging it for half a month, and I still cannot get the damned melody out of my head. "Apocalypse 1992" ends the album in true Gloryhammer fashion. As with the other albums, the hero confronts the villain, Zargothrax, and the song length and defined sections reflect the epic battle told here. Perhaps one could point to a band like Rhapsody with their unique sense of storytelling through epic song lengths and draw a comparison.

Like I said before, if you have already seen the other reviews for this band, you already know what to expect with this album. It is almost on par with the third album in quality, and slightly more ambitious than the first album. One disappointment on this record may be that it does not have such an anthemic number on it like the first album's "Hail to Crail," but this record is a blast from front to back. While there may be something cheesy about the band, make no mistake about it; these are incredibly fun and catchy tunes with some serious musicianship backing it all up. Go dive into this band's albums if you haven't yet.

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