Coming from the 'Where Have They Been' file is Greek metal band Battleroar. They haven't had a studio album since 2008 and it appears, from their website, they haven't performed live in two years. Also, the band has been turning over lead vocalists with ease, like two or three in the last four years.
But now they're back with their fourth album, Blood of Legends. Fortunately, one thing hasn't changed: Battleroar still plays classic melodic power metal with themes from fantasy, war, and mythology. This album is basically a riff monster, slamming you first with a wall of guitars and then firing off bunches of heavy metal solos. It makes everything rather bombastic, like the roar of battle their name implies. Good examples are Poisoned Well, the rather crushing (in the best sense) The Curse of Medea, and Immortal Chariot. Within blistering Exile Eternal, Battleroar mixes in some folk elements and some choral vocals that takes the edge off the wall of riffage, but only momentarily. Curiously, all this mammoth power metal is bookended by two instrumentals, Stormgiven at the start and Relentless Waves at the end, both of which move mostly by violin and guitar. It's an interesting contrast. Blood of Legends is a good return to form for Battleroar (although I'm not sure it's quite as good as the previous album), and hopefully their output will be more frequent in the future. Recommended to fans a traditional melodic, heavy, power metal.
Battleroar returns from a six year studio absence with another album of traditional melodic power metal filled walls of riffage and big guitar solos.
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