North Carolina's Colossus is flying the flag of traditional heavy in the southern innards of America. Let me tell you, boys and girls, this is full on total heavy metal geekery. To be fair, at the start, it must be said that Drunk On Blood and The Sepulcher of the Mirror Warlocks is not "new" material from the band. It's the repackaging of the bands two most recent EPs (just divide the title after "Blood") by Germany's Killer Metal Records for wider distribution. And that's good thing.
There's no questioning it. Colossus plays heavy metal like it's 1983. There's some Saxon, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and more from the New Wave of British Metal wrapped up in a classic American power metal wrapper. There's some speed, twin guitar harmony and killer leads, a bit of gang vocals, and more guitars, all over a steady rhythm section. Vocalist Sean Buchanan has a traditional and typical metal voice, singing clean, with a few metal screams, and a tiny bit of Halford's timbre. By the song titles you get the lyrical themes of fantasy, sword and sorcery, battles, and so forth. Love the titles of Kill More Better or my personal favorite, and nearly hilarious, A Year Later (There's Still Meat Left in the Skull).
Yeah, this isn't your neighbor's son's heavy metal: harsh and hardcore while his pants are falling off his ass. While this may not be new material, it's quite fine classic heavy metal which will not disappoint the "true metal" fan. And I would add that there is not a disappointing song here. After three or four songs, you will recognize the common theme of those aforementioned characteristics. That doesn't make the music redundant, only Colossus consistent at what they do. The musicianship is top notch as is the song composition, and overall production. My recommendation make this material "new" to you and check out Colossus double EP Drunk On Blood and The Sepulcher of the Mirror Warlocks.
Drunk On Blood and The Sepulcher of the Mirror Warlocks is the real deal, "true metal" from American band Colossus. Check it out.
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