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Overlorde - Return Of The Snow Giant (10/10) - USA - 2004

Genre: US-Metal
Label: Sonic Age Records
Playing time: 60:36
Band homepage: Overlorde

Tracklist:

  1. And The Battle Begins...
  2. Snow Giant >mp3
  3. Hell Hath No Fury >mp3
  4. Starcastle
  5. When He Comes
  6. Metallic Madness
  7. Blackness
  8. Ogre Wizard
  9. Mark Of The Wolf
  10. My Disease
  11. Trapped By Magic
  12. Colossus (Island Of The Cyclops)
  13. Overlorde
Overlorde - Return Of The Snow Giant

The year is almost over and I have already handed in my Top Twenty of the best albums of the year. Then this insolently godly disc flies on my desk. A full album from OVERLORDE – how long have I been waiting for that? In 1987 the legendary EP came out and 13 years later another EP. After that four years had to pass again until I may hold the first album by the US Metalheads in my hands.

 

And it has become just as great as I had always hoped it to be, because it contains many of the old classics, thundered down anew. Whereat the newer tunes also spread this certain magic. The vocals by Bobby “Leatherlungs” Lucas are simply excellent and catapult him on the first places of the Metal shouter elite with this album. Stylistically the album can be compared to classics like “Ample Destruction” by JAG PANZER or also to the first METAL CHURCH album. Fans who worship these milestones will understand me…

 

Friends of epic US Metal must get a copy of this masterpiece released through a Greek label. The songs kill without exception and the entire stylistic range is used, whether it be speedy, pounding, overflowing, balladesque. That’s Metal the way I have always loved and will always love it, with a passion and fire that so many of nowadays’ so-called Metal acts lack completely. So call me an old queer fellow, but I just like my Metal heavy, epic – theatrical and sinister! Powerful, high-pitch vocals and no trippy beats, no computer effects or programmed choirs…just pure Metal based on the roots of this style. (Online January 10, 2004)

Ralf Henn



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