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Review: Tierra Santa - Sangre de Reyes
Tierra Santa
Sangre de Reyes

Label: Locomotive Music
Year released: 2001
Duration: 47:37
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: April 3, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Sangre de Reyes

Rated 4.46/5 (89.23%) (13 Votes)

Tierra Santa is a Heavy/Power Metal band from Spain. They have been together for a long time, as evidenced by the mature songwriting showcased on this record. Sangre de Reyes sounds like Iron Maiden except that it is sung in Spanish. Now, this may be an oversimplification but that the closest example I could come up with. This album has a vast amount of great choruses, unbelievable hooks and a terrific guitars and bass attack that have many acts rot in envy.

The talent of this band is enormous, starting with singer/guitarist Ángel. While he is not a great gifted singer, he has a lot of charisma and personality. He has a knack for catchy vocal melodies, even if you don't know a word of Spanish you'll be mumbling at the end of the record. Teaming up with Ángel on the guitars is Arturo, complementing each other very well as they deliver quality riffs and solos that will stick in your head. The rhythm session - Roberto (bass) and Iñaki (drums) - doesn't go overboard; they just let the guitars do the job. The keyboards are used sparingly except in the ballad "El Amor de mi Vida".

Tierra Santa means in "Holy Land" in English. With a name like that, one would expect to be a bunch of Bible-thumping Christians, however lyrically this album covers mythology and folk stories like: King David "David y el Gigante", Joan de Arc "Juana de Arco", and Pegasus "Pegaso", among others. Every song shines on its own without any filler; although "Dos Vidas" is too long of an intro. The production is crystal clear, perfect for a Heavy Metal band.

With this album Tierra Santa does not invent anything as this is just a Heavy Metal album played with endless energy and passion, but that is something I won't complain about. If you can get past the the lyrics being sung in Spanish, there is some cool stuff in here. This is not a perfect album but with the Iron Maiden influences up their sleeves, Sangre de Reyes has a high replay value.

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