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Review: Galderia - Rise, Legions of Free Men
Rise, Legions of Free Men

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 29:57
Tracks: 7
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 3, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Rise, Legions of Free Men

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)

Galderia are a French power metal act who just so happen to be partying like it's 1999. A veritable power metal feast mixing the finest delights of Gamma Ray, Sonata Arctica, and Freedom Call, there is also a slight peppering of almost folk melodies that help set them apart ever so slightly, and remind me of Orden Ogan in places.

As I stated, this is French so don't expect this to be anything more than a campy power metal romp. We have it all, chants, ‘We are the Warriors!', Kai Hansen worship (take a look at "Seven Stars"), double kicked choruses, need I say anymore? Rise, Legions of Free Men is ridiculously upbeat, I'm talking on the level of early Heavenly and Freedom Call upbeat. Take "Land of Galderia" for instance, probably the best song Freedom Call never wrote, complete with the Galderia singer's heavily accented Chris Bay impression.

We even see the band nail Sonata Arctica's Winterheart's/Reckoning Night sound in "From Gaïa to Galderia" which is pretty amusing, and a fairly decent song at that. Overall I should by all means love this, but it really doesn't offer anything I don't already have in my collection. In all fairness to Galderia they play with a lot of passion and energy, and had this come out in the late 90's it would have been right up there; power metal fans are certainly going to want to check this out promptly. As for me, this is a nice try, and it's good to see a few more bands going for this style lately. I just feel Galderia are missing a certain something to make them really stand out.

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