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Review: Storm the Castle - The Free Of CHARGE Demo
Storm the Castle
The Free Of CHARGE Demo

Label: Independent
Year released: 2003
Duration: 26:58
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 1, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Free Of CHARGE Demo

Rated 1.33/5 (26.67%) (3 Votes)

This review is cursed. First I lost this demo for a few months, then I forgot I had it, then when I remembered it, I thought I had already reviewed it. Now I'm trying to write it and I keep getting interrupted. Let's see if I can get the whole review out before a meteor strikes the earth. Whoops, too late.

Anyway, Storm The Castle are an extremely silly but very talented band out of Arkansas. The closest I can approximate their sound is to compare them to Brocas Helm, only this band is much tighter than BH – probably more sober too. STC play an epic, sprawling style of metal that still manages to sound like it was recorded in a garage – which it probably was. They have good riffs, surprisingly smart musicianship, and a singer who sounds like the dude from The Offspring. There is some definite Manilla Road influence here along with the Brocas Helm and Slough Feg.

I'd rate this higher, as it's a lot of fun, but the fifth track lets the silliness overwhelm the metal, and so is kind of annoying. These guys are apparently going into the studio soon to record an EP with all-new material, and based on this demo that could be a very good thing. I'll be keeping an eye on this bunch.

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