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Review: Sargon - The Oath Of Akkad
The Oath Of Akkad

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 29:04
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 3, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Oath Of Akkad

Rated 1.5/5 (30%) (8 Votes)

Well, as soon as I saw on the Metal Archives that there was a band that dared to call themselves Sargon, I had to check them out, didn't I? If they sucked, I was prepared to savage them as I have never savaged a band before. So imagine how my eyes lit up as I heard some truly excellent Heavy Metal bursting from my speakers. They classify themselves as 'Melodic Power Metal', but really Sargon are all about Epic Heavy Metal in the vein of classic Iron Maiden or maybe Battleroar. There are no keyboards (though they used to have a player), no boring double-bass abuse or happycore melodies on this thing. This is just old-fashioned Heavy Metal the way they used to make it back in the good old days. The riffing is very catchy and has a slight oriental influence here and there, which fits in well with the story of Sargon of Akkad – one of the great overlooked Emperors of history. The recording quality is a little shaky, but good for a demo. Oriol Nieto has a good, strong voice with much less of an accent than I was expecting. He doesn't wail on in the upper registers, but is more of the JD Kimball school of vocals.

What has impressed me most about this demo is how professional the band sounds. Even though the recording is not the best, the strength of the songwriting shines through. These tracks have the sound of being recorded live in the studio, but even with an occasional mistake the players are very tight and the songs are excellent. I shall review their second demo presently, and I understand they are soon to record and album. If they can keep up the songwriting magic and get a production job to match their chops, bands like Twisted Tower Dire and Domine are going to have a new peer to contend with, no question about it.

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