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Review: Skelator - Blood Empire
Blood Empire

Label: Gates of Hell Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 21:47
Tracks: 4
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: September 2, 2022
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Blood Empire

Rated 3.29/5 (65.71%) (7 Votes)

I thought I had something older from Skelator in my collection, but I don't, so this is coming from virgin ears as far as this band is concerned. Blood Empire is basically speedy traditional heavy metal loaded with a lot of clichés and, in that sense, it's kind of fun. At times they even sound a little like a second-rate Manowar with an epic-ish, galloping, over-the-top style. The vocals are a little off, which I found OK at first but, after several listens, I'm noticing some annoyances that kind of make me cringe. Blood Empire is quite derivative and not all that great, but I must say some of it is kind of catchy and there's a good time to be had if you're just listening without paying too much attention to the details. I was originally thinking of a higher rating, but multiple subsequent listens saw the rating drop as little "defects" were popping up. The EP doesn't quite stand to scrutiny, I guess, but you can do a lot worse than Blood Empire. I have the feeling that this band can do better.

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