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Review: Fer de Lance - The Hyperborean
Fer de Lance
The Hyperborean

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2022
Duration: 52:47
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 24, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

This one caught me by surprise. This is the debut for this band from Chicago who are playing a really fresh-sounding blend of styles to create a genuinely epic sound. The foundation of this is rolling, Bathory-styled riffs and a chugging midpaced march that reminds me of Doomsword or Manowar. These are big songs, and most of them are over the 7-minute mark, except for the instrumental "intro" track "Aurora Borealis." The production could be heavier, and the guitar sound is quite a bit smoother than I would like, especially when it comes to the rhythm guitars. Vocalist/guitarist MP Papai has a voice that takes a bit of getting used to, as he sounds a good bit like if Dio was trying to sing like Quorthon—which is to say he has passion and grit but is not always quite on pitch. I like his vocals, but they take some adjusting to, as they are not as smooth as I expected or as rough as I think he intended. Songs like "The Mariner" and "Sirens" signal the arrival of a new force in the Epic Metal front.

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