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Vhäldemar - Fight To The End (8/10) - Spain - 2002

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Arise Records
Playing time: 41:07
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. The Black Beast
  2. Energy
  3. Feelings
  4. Lost World
  5. Old King's Visions (Part I)
  6. Number
  7. 7
  8. The Helmet Of War
  9. Fight To The End
  10. Traitor
  11. Vhäldemar
Vhäldemar - Fight To The End
VHÄLDOWAR? GAMMAMAR? Or what? First off the facts. VHÄLDEMAR hail from Spain. VHÄLDEMAR have a, sorry, rarely dumb name. VHÄLDEMAR play Power Metal. VHÄLDEMAR are very strongly influenced by GAMMA RAY and MANOWAR.

OK, that aside I can tell you the the Vizcaya-quartet offers us its debut with "Fight To The End" and right at the beginning the great Fournier-cover catches my attention, something you always like to see. Musically I often feel strongly reminded of GAMMA RAY, in the song-structures as well as the choirs, while two tracks are clearly showing a strong influence by MANOWAR (especially vocally).

Originality is not exactly the biggest asset of the band, but only very few acts manage that anyway, so can we not take this into consideration? Oh yes we can, because VHÄLDEMAR delight me with a brightness and freshness, paired with a great production, that a genre-fan just has to love it (Power Metal-haters will, though, just find another log to put into the fire of their aversion).

Even though they are pretty close to the already mentioned acts, highlights like "Energy", "Old King's Visions (Part. I)" or the strongly MANOWAR-influenced, hammer-hard "Traitor" are just fun and should more than just satisfy every Power Metal-fan!

Alexander Melzer



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