Gloryhammer – “Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards” (Napalm Records)
Unicorns. Zargothrax. Astral Hammers. Winners of the Northern Irish Grammys 2014, Gloryhammer is the utterly mad, bad Swiss-Scottish band brought together by Alestorm’s captain Christopher Bowes on ‘Positronic Oscillator Command’ i.e. keyboards and Thomas Winkler on ‘Voice Modulated Star Nucleus’ i.e. vocals. Playing ‘Intergalactic Space Metal’ i.e. cheesy power metal with outfits looking not too dissimilar to the Transformers(!), expect a trans-dimensional conquest of epic soundscapes telling heroic tales of cosmic battles, chronicling the legends of the Galactic Empire of Fife i.e. Scots in space. Utterly terrifying in concept, yet so utterly mesmerizing musically for its catchiness with its singalong glory and memorable anthems! Galloping along at warp speed, “Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards” is simply glorious catchy melodies all over time and again from Winkler’s own pop rock voice to Bowes disco meets death star keys to Paul Templing’s Dark Matter String Manipulation Interface i.e. guitar firing photonic bursts of melody riffs amid plasma cannon solos. It’s simply all too much but try as you might to resist for your dignity if not your very sanity, you cannot resist the onslaught of the overwhelming cheese in ‘Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy’, ‘Questlords of Inverness, Ride to the Galactic Fortress!’ and ‘The Hollywood Hootsman’ that go well beyond what Gamma Ray, Freedom Call and Rhapsody could muster collectively! A first rate release from Gloryhammer who certainly live up to their name in every aspect on this outrageous album promising that you too can be a space hero!