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Review: Nemedian Chronicles - The Savage Sword
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The Savage Sword

Label: No Remorse Records
Year released: 2024
Duration: 1:11:33
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating:
4.25/5


Review online: July 6, 2024
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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There are a couple of main schools of power metal. One gets its buoyancy from majestic keyboards, high-pitched choruses, and general neo-classical trappings. France's Nemedian Chronicles, in spite of their name and the title of their debut, The Savage Sword, might have you thinking they are heading in that direction with the intro and the first proper track on the album, "Born on a Battlefield." The music is lilting and orchestral, even as the narrator speaks of the realms brought to life in the pulp works of Robert E. Howard. However, starting with "Venarium," that is all out the door and you will realize Nemedian Chronicles follows a grittier power metal path, lined with pugilistic playing and a singer who is a vocal doppelganger of Blind Guardian's Hansi Kursch. His gritty yet powerful and soaring vocals are the perfect complement to speedy, pounding tracks like "Tower of the Elephant" when I can almost picture Conan scaling the walls of the tower in pursuit of the gem inside. Other cuts like "The Thing in the Crypt" and "Tigress of the Black Coast" are equally intriguing songs that invite you to sing along. Some cuts are not as engaging, "The Song of Red Sonja" for example, but on the whole, The Savage Sword simply gets down to business and kicks a whole lot of ass. If you are a fan of Blind Guardian, especially the early stuff, and Robert E. Howard, Nemedian Chronicles is a sure thing, but any fans of power metal and/or music based on sword and sorcery should find plenty to like on The Savage Sword.

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