Gloryhammer – “Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife”

Gloryhammer – “Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife” (Napalm Records)

lol if you thought Alestorm were something with their ‘pirate metal’ theme then the news is that maniac frontman keyboardist Christopher Bowes has now turned his hand to mid tempo ‘heroic’ epic / power metal in Gloryhammer! Centered around his homeland of Scotland, these are the tales of the Kingdom of Fife, where the great hero Angus McFife (not a real bloke btw) wages an epic war against the evil wizard Zargothrax (not a real bloke either) to free the people of Dundee in the name of glory and steel. I think the SNP would love this heh heh! Eccentricities aside, Bowes has done a fine job of recruiting vocalist Thomas Winkler (Emerald) who possesses both the majestic and melodic talents to pull this off on songs like ‘Hail To Crail’, ‘Beneath Cowdenbeath’ and ‘Quest For The Hammer of Glory’. Musically, it’s got elements of Freedom Call on the power side with a mellower Manowar on the epic element, complete with glorious choruses, impressive horns and Bowes own classical keyboards. Most of all, “Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife” impresses throughout for indeed being heroic in its theme so I hope the fantasy concept doesn’t put anyone off this otherwise excellent power metal.

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