|Review: Goddess of Desire - Conquerors Divine|
Label: Perverted Taste Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 27, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)
Conquerors Divine is my first experience with this band and with a name like Goddess of Desire I was expecting this to be a female-fronted Goth band. Instead, what I got was great Heavy Metal from Holland that has a strong resemblance to Ironsword. However, to say that this is a clone of that band would be unfair, after all these guys have been together for a longer period of time and this is their third album. What makes them different from others is that they use three vocalists (the kvlt names are cool); every single one uses a rough style but they all have differences that make them stand out.
The songwriting quality on this record is outstanding, featuring crunchy metal riffs and catchy choruses. Tracks like "The Wiccan", "Rites of War", "Confusion of Tongues" and the title track will bring a smile to every fan who is tired of all the Dragonforce's in the world (but that statement can be applied to any song). There is also a great level of musicianship exhibited by the band, starting with the guitarists Grev Drake and Lord Arydon. Both provide a lot of punch to the songs with their riffs and guitar solos that will constantly kick your ass all over the place. The rhythm session composed of Count August (bass) and Der Knüppelmeister adds a lot to the songs, it just feels as if they are a key part of their sound.
Those aspects combined with the barbaric and evil themes make all the necessary elements of a great band. Fortunately, that is what Goddess of Desire got by spades and the result is a marvelous piece of work. This isn't a perfect album, my main complain about Conquerors Divine is that the interludes don't do anything to the album except waste time. Even though they are short, they interrupt the flow of the album and it would have done wonders if they were absent. Still, it is refreshing to know that this type of metal is alive and well and the world needs more bands like this one. I can fully recommend this to people that like barebones Heavy Metal. For the rest of you, go and cut off your balls.
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