|Review: Rampart - Codex Metalum|
Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 28, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Bulgarian Traditional Heavy Metal band Rampart has been around for 14 years and their fourth album, Codex Metalum, is my first exposure. Firmly rooted in the Iron Maiden twin-guitar style, Rampart rips up a storm of 80s-inspired songs ranging from the likes of the NWOBHM to other European acts like Scorpions. The vocals of singer Maria Dièse are high but powerful and on the faster tracks she sings a lot like Agent Steel's John Cyriis. On the slower, more rocking songs her somewhat loose grasp of English gives the band a sound not unlike early Japanese groups like Loudness or Earthshaker. Codex Metalum is fun because the band can play and sounds like they are having a great time. Rampart is also quirky enough to avoid sounding like every other band honoring/imitating the 80s these days.
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