|Review: Sacred Blood - Alexandros|
Label: Pitch Black Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 16, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Sacred Blood's debut album was a solid chunk of Epic Metal in the Greek tradition, and even if there was a bit too much narration and the Thermopylae concept was a bit obvious, it was a highly entertaining album. I'm glad to report that their new one is even better than that, and that Sacred Blood have produced a really fine follow-up with Alexandros.
This is not a change in style, but a focusing of their approach. Heavier than last time, with bigger, more ambitious songs and much hookier riffs and vocal lines, Alexandros is just a feast for the fan of Epic Heavy Metal. There is a knack to making a song or an album tell a story without getting pedantic, and allowing the songs and the story to add to one another, rather than have the two elements fighting and making for a crap album. Sacred Blood have gotten much better at this, and the music carries the story of Alexander the Great without once falling into plodding. The opening narration is a bit goofy, but the music backing it up is excellent, and really manages to pull you into the mood of the whole album. Once you are in, epic stomps like "The Battle of the Granicus" and "Ride Through the Achaemenid Empire" will keep you there, carried away by the album's sweeping melodies and oriental flourishes as well as the heaviness and power on display.
The band does leaven the album with a bit too much narration and instrumental interlude, and while the music in these interludes is epic and grand (Like "Golden Shields in the Sky" – holy fuck that is epic.) it does throttle the momentum of the album more than it should. Still, a huge, powerful, classy album that deserves more recognition than it will get.
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