Stormlord - The Gorgon Cult review
|Album:||The Gorgon Cult|
01. The Torchbearer
02. Dance Of Hecate
04. Under The Boards (165 M.A.)
05. The Oath Of The Legion
06. The Gorgon Cult
07. Memories Of Lemuria
08. Medusa's Coil
09. Moonchild [Iron Maiden cover]
11. A Sleeping River [Japanese bonus]
Scarlet Records is really a bag full of tricks, the range of artists they sign goes from Power Metal to Gothic and Death Metal. When I knew that Stormlord played Black Metal I was excited about hearing this one, even though I'm not such a big fan of Black Metal anyway.
Sadly my first impression wasn't the right one, because even if the cover art of the record was done by artist extraordinaire Jean-Pascal Fournier, I think it really sucks, big time! They picked a ugly cover this time, because their 2 prior albums have great artwork if you ask me.
Anyway, I decided, despite the ugly cover, give this band a chance and pushed the play button on my stereo and it began. After a short intro, "Dance Of The Hecate" blasted with amazing power into my brains, the song, fast paced, aggressive, yet melodic was an instant winner in my ranks, "Wurdulak" followed the same vein of the first one, but with a higher dose of rhythm and some clear vocals too.
One thing that impressed me of this record was the keyboards, almost every song has accompanying keyboards that give a unique atmosphere to each song, which by the way, have great variation between each other.
Not each song is ultra blasting fast here, the band concentrates in creating atmosphere with more calmed passages to counter the furious fast ones, a perfect example of this is "The Oath Of The Legion" one of my favorite tracks, that features great backing keyboard, cool tempo changes and great clear vocals.
The album also contains 2 special surprises, a cover of Iron Maiden's "Moonchild" and a wide multimedia section in the Cd that contains a video, a lot of Mp3 of side projects from the members of the band, pictures and some other goodies.
That, plus the reason that this is a solid album, is enough excuse to get this one immediately, so hurry up to your nearest musical store and buy it. While you're at it, buy some porn, it never hurts.
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