This is already the third album of the band (fourth if you count the 2001 EP – “At The Gates Of Utopia”. So what we have here is a band that is slowly becoming one of the best in the genre, which is Speed Melodic Black Metal. Following the path of bands like DIMMU BORGIR and SUIDAKRA, STORMLORD offers us some quality Black Metal along with some folk influences and some orchestral parts.
Since the beginning of this band, what outshines the most is the drumming. When their first album came out, practically all the fans and critics thought the drums where only played by a machine, but when they finally started to tour, it was quite obvious the guy knew how to play. Simply put, I really think, along with Nick of DIMMU BORGIR, that there is not a single drummer that can play that fast. The band also decided this time around to incorporate some operatic female vocals in their music; although they are good, I’m starting to be a bit tired of that. As for the rest of the vocals, Christiano Borci still continues in the same vain as usual, high pitched screeching screams; coupled with some clean vocal parts, which are pretty rare though.
What I really like with this band is the fact that their music is not overproduced. I like my black metal to sound a little “unpolished”, like good old “true Black Metal” was sounding in the past.
The album is not that long, around 45 minutes only. But I think it does them good, as you don’t get bored before the end of the CD. More would have been an issue, as even with a 45 minutes album, the band tends to loose inspiration.
It’s great to watch bands that you said they would be promising in the future, starting to acquire a stronger position in their own style, side by side with the already renowned bands. If you like your Black Metal to be melodic, fast and furious, with a lot of blast beat, this album won’t disappoint you. If you really think you’re a fan of this type of music, and never heard of STORMLORD before, shame on you my friend, as you are missing a really high-quality band. (Online May 13, 2004)