Just like before their debut "Supreme Art Of War", Italian STORMLORD again release a mini-CD, this time "The Curse Of Medusa" prior to their new album. But the term "mini" is relative, because with more than 36 minutes of playing time it is longer than some regular albums…
Musically the quintet showcases melodic Black Metal with keyboard-support, what in itself isn't necessarily reason for too much enthusiasm, but the execution is what makes this record stand out. If you take the opening title-track as example, there you get high-class material, epic but heavy, fast but melodious and variably arranged, in the middle suddenly operaesque male vocals in quite stark contrast to the fairly harsh Black Metal-voice of Cristiano Borchi. Add to that the super-melodic instrumental "Dawn Of Winter's Solstice" and you hear, what STORMLORD are capable of!
And you'll get two live-tracks, too, one of them "Creeping Death" by METALLICA and another cover-version, this one DEATH SS' "Baphomet", again with the opera-vocals, good one!
Mini-albums always are a love/hate-topic, but here you at least get "value for money" and not only because of the playing time, but also because of the song-material!