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Review: Human Fortress - Thieves of the Night
Human Fortress
Thieves of the Night

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 54:24
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: July 26, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 2.43/5 (48.57%) (7 Votes)

Thieves of the Night is the fifth album from Germany's Human Fortress and like its immediate predecessor, 2013's Raided Land, it is full of pitch-perfect but utterly bland Power Metal. Songs like the crunchy "Hellrider" and the fantasy-themed "Amberstow" are paint-by-numbers tracks with recycled riffs and cliché vocal lines. The album has a smooth sound that allows the instruments and vocals equal opportunity to show off but that only emphasizes how little they actually have to show. I don't hate Thieves of the Night but when the most memorable thing about an album is how completely forgettable it is, that's not a ringing endorsement. Just about anything from bands like Orden Ogan, Brainstorm or a dozen others is more interesting than this.

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