Oh, German GALLOWGLASS lost their "W" and furthermore shall be known as GALLOGLASS. Ok, fine with me as they did not lose anything else that could already be found on their "Kings Who Die" EP three years ago. I know, I know, Power Metal - again! And again me, who reviews it, but hey, did I hear anybody complain about Wes doing a lot of Grindcore or Niall doing Black Metal? Exactly! And hey, I'm the boss here, so…
I already had liked their EP back then in 2000 and "Legends From Now And Nevermore" (the title alone will send ice cold showers down the spine of some Black and Death Metallers, I am sure) has the same effect, even more so as GALLOGLASS have used the time to further refine their style and abilities, having created an album that sounds fresh, energetic and most of all damn good!
Of course, how you yourself perceive this album depends strongly on your overall attitude towards this kind of Power Metal, but if you have a certain affinity, then "Legends From Now And Nevermore" definitely is something for you, no question. It begins with the great vocals of Carsten Frank, continues with the very good arrangements and song writing and kind of culminates in the use of a violin in some of the compositions, which had been a very nice surprise when I listened to the songs for the first time.
Yes, GALLOGLASS, too, utilise choirs and keyboards and stuff, but they refrain from the typically happy melodies and elements and just concentrate on top quality craftsmanship, which is greatly displayed in the opening trio of "Dragon's Revenge" (up tempo breaker), "Ancient Times" (more epic, with violin) and "A Wintertale" (very varied between more slow-ish and mid tempo, again with violin), marking only three of almost throughout the whole album good to very good songs, which find their in-style closing with the swift "The Last Stand", again with some violin.
So GALLOGLASS manage to bring some of their own touch into their songs, most notably through the violin, but also more than convince by the freshness of their songs and the energy that their always very melodic compositions convey. So go get it, tigers! (Online May 14, 2003)