|Review: Metalforce - Metalforce|
Label: Magic Circle Music
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
This is the fifth album of the German Heavy Metal band Majesty, but their first under their new name Metalforce. I don't know why they changed their name, maybe they thought that it could bring a new energy or whatever. In reality however, this album doesn't depart much from their sound, they pull no surprises here as this is the same record they have been making for a decade now. If you have been a fan of the band you'll know what to expect, if you haven't heard of them before there are two words that describe the band perfectly: Manowar Worship.
Everything from the song structures to the lyrical theme represents a slightly less egotistical version of that band. Not only that but the choruses also strongly resemble Manowar, just listen to "I Rule the Night" and "Metal Crusaders". I get it guys, you love metal but the last thing that I need or want is a carbon copy of Manowar. Moving on, Metalforce possesses solid musicianship, you won't hear them play wrong notes or being sloppy. Production-wise, this is good enough you can hear every note the way it is supposed to sound, perfect for a band of the genre.
The songwriting quality is uneven, you have kick ass stuff like "Freedom Warriors" and "Melt Thy Steel" but also you have boring songs like the ballads "When the Valkries Fly" and the closer "Son of the North". Metalforce has all the elements that I like about a Heavy Metal band, but at the end of the day I felt like I had listened to that album before. That is the reason that I cannot give this album a higher score; it has a very predictable formula attached to it. Still, if you are in the mood for solid Heavy Metal you can't go wrong with this band, just don't expect this to be groundbreaking in any way.
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