Half way between San Antonio and Austin Texas lies the small village of Wimberley, population about 2,600 souls, and home to American epic heavy metal band Eternal Champion. Traditional and classic heavy metal from Texas. Sure, why not? But maybe the more interesting question is how did a metal band from a sleepy little town in the Lone Star state end up on a record label in Greece? Eternal Champion arrives with their first long-player, The Armor Of Ire on No Remorse Records.
Possibly the album art is a dead giveaway to the Eternal Champion sound and lyrical themes. As to the latter, they draw heavily from sword and sorcery, fantasy, and garnering both their name and lyrical themes from Michael Moorcock. To the former, Eternal Champion will remind many of Cirith Ungol, Manilla Road, or more recently something of Sumerlands. Theirs is classic heavy metal, some reflection of the American version of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Churning twin guitar harmony allow for both thick surging riffage for a full sound and sizzling lead solos. The rhythm section moves with both groove and speed, echoing the charging riffs. Vocalist Jason Tarpey sings clean, with harmony and melody, yet often sounds muffled, even muted, in the mix. He sounds like he singing behind the music, his voice echoing as if in a cave. Nevertheless, his timbre and soaring style adds to Eternal Champion's intentional epic metal approach. Fundamentally, Eternal Champion's classic heavy metal is undeniable, being both authentic and inspired, and making The Armor Of Ire an fine first effort from the band. Easily recommended.
Eternal Champion's classic heavy metal is undeniable, being both authentic and inspired, and making The Armor Of Ire an fine first effort from the band. Easily recommended.
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