"YAAAAAAAAAHHHH!" is probably all you'll be screaming after 30 minutes of this infernal album. Brutal pounding drums with fierce rhythm guitars, high-pitched screams all put together to render one unique feeling. It's now an often used trend for today's bands to try and create a medieval atmosphere, as if the band-members were royal knights or demonical magicians...
Well, STORMLORD is similar yet very different and should never be considered as a simple rip-off. True, they used a varied arsenal of instruments like keyboards/pianos, flutes and violins, but not only to create melodies, but more to put the listener in a truly magnificent scene where warriors are slain down, paladins sacrifice themselves for greedy kings and dragons infest the skies like so many wasps attacking a doomed prey.
Self-proclaimed masters of "Extreme Epic Metal", STORMLORD could be roughly compared as a Black Metal-version of RHAPSODY. As previously mentioned, several instruments are used throughout the album as well as female vocals and wicked percussions (the fastest I have ever heard). While all of this may look original, it really is, but gets repetitive the first two-three times you listen to "Supreme Art Of War". The melodies slowly reveal themselves and are quite welcomed once you get the prejudices aside [I have to admit I was very sceptical when I first picked up this album due to the already too popular medieval theme]. Fortunately, these Italians know how to add a fresh new twist here and there to keep the album from going stale.
Since I have discovered STORMLORD with this album (their latest), I cannot compare their newer material with their previous recordings, but with "Supreme Art Of War", they have found an interesting formula that separates them from the Black Metal-pack!