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Review: Claymorean - Unbroken

Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 47:46
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: October 17, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.94/5 (78.89%) (18 Votes)

Claymorean, despite the Scots-inspired name, is a Serbian band plying Epic/Power Metal waters that swirl with historical/fantasy lyrical themes. Unbroken is the band's third full-length effort and it gets underway in style with the atmospheric "Heldenhammer" a song that has huge sweep and an anguished determination. There are other tracks like this on Unbroken but where Claymorean start to shine (in my eyes, anyway) is on double-kick tracks like "Aeons of Revelations" and the album highlight "Ironhide." Singer Dejana Betsa Pavlovi? delivers the choruses with a powerful high voice recalling the likes of Noora Louhimo (at least a little). Unbroken remains solid until the ballad "Dreamer on a Path of Light" which is the same ballad you always get from these types of albums and the track "Silent Guardians." This song features male vocals, fantasy lyrics and non-traditional instruments much like a Blind Guardian song only it is a bad Blind Guardian song with vocals nowhere near those of Hansi Kursch. Just to make sure you don't forget they are an "epic" band, Claymorean closes Unbroken with a cover of Manilla Road's "Into the Courts of Chaos" ("chaos" being a recurring theme throughout the album). It's a decent attempt though of course no match for the original. Unbroken is unoriginal but on it Claymorean show some promise.

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