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Review: Realmbuilder - Fortifications of the Pale Architect
Fortifications of the Pale Architect

Label: I Hate Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 39:50
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy/Doom

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 21, 2012
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Fortifications of the Pale Architect

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (20 Votes)

Realmbuilder, a 2-piece act from New York, has two full-length studio albums out, the second of which, Fortifications of the Pale Architect, was released last year on I Hate Records. This Swedish underground label has lots of quality bands on their roster. Fortifications of the Pale Architect, containing 7 songs of epic Heavy/Doom Metal isn't that different from the band's debut, Summon the Stone Throwers. These two fellows, Czar on drums/vocals and J.H. Hallberd on everything else, rely on their Manilla Road/Cirith Ungol musical approach and while not creating any miracles still sound pretty convincing at what they do. Realmbuilder's version of epic Heavy/Doom is stripped down, to-the-point and hugely entertaining even when it clashes with the somewhat cheesy lyrics. That's the trick that makes their music so likeable. How could one not like Realmbuilder's songs, especially with names like "The Stars Disappeared from the Sky When We Uncovered the Bones of the First Gods?" Ha! Now that's pretty epic, isn't it?

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