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- Triumph And Power by Grand Magus
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Our headbanging friends at Nuclear Blast have sent us this latest album from Swedish metal veterans Grand Magus, who peddle a chunky and theatrical sound full of chugging power chords and squealing vocal harmonies and no apparent sense of irony as they belt out fist-pumping couplets like "As we ride the wind and fly/On hooves of gold we ride" and "Fight for glory until death for the triumph and the power, the spoils of war/For the hunger and desire, a blood red throne".
If Iron Maiden, Manowar, Graveyard, Cathedral and Dio are your idea of a good time, this is a solid take on that '80s mid-paced power-metal sound, complete with swords'n'sorcery lyrics and riffs delivered straight from the groin. If the very mention of those names makes you cringe, you'll definitely not like this. In lots of places they're really reminding me of Bradford's finest classic metal revivalists Conquest of Steel.
While they're not breaking new ground here, if chuggy'n'cheeseball '80s style metal is your preferred genre then this I can't say it's not well done. The guitars sound vicious, particularly two-thirds of the way through every song when the solo drops in, the vocal harmonies soar and the rhythm section grooves really gallop with some economical almost Poison-esque drum beats and a big booming snare sound. Chunky.
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