After a hiatus of several years, where members worked on other projects, Sweden's The Storyteller return with their fifth album Dark Legacy. The band sticks to it's roots, offering classic melodic power metal. Most of their previous albums have been thematic. This album offers tales about the mythology of Vikings and the Gods from the North.
The Storyteller:: Strength Of Valhalla.
With that summary, you get the larger picture and probably all you need to know if you're a fan of band. All you need to do now is to buy it. Yet, let's add a few observations. First, positively, if traditional heavy and power metal is your thing, this album delivers the goods. Here's generally epic songs with galloping tempos, big riffs, and big guitar solos.
On a more questionable note, the vocal arrangements offer the troubling element of grunts and growls in several songs. Promotional material indicated that the band brought ideas from their side projects to this recording. Perhaps this is where this addition came from. I'm not a huge fan of L-G Persson's vocals to begin with, and the grunting growls didn't increase my favor nor do they do the songs any benefit. Nevertheless, with this minor caveat, Dark Legacy finds The Storyteller back in fine form delivering classic power metal.
Despite a smattering of grunts and growls in the vocal arrangements, Dark Legacy finds The Storyteller back in fine form delivering classic power metal.
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