Music Review: Gloryhammer
CD: Tales from the Kingdom of Fife
Label: Napalm Records
Available: March 29th, 2013
Do you like fantasy?Â Do you like over the top fantasy?Â Do you like REALLY over the top fantasy?Â Do you also have a sense of humor?Â If so then look no further than Gloryhammerâ€™s debut album â€˜Tales From the Kingdom of Fifeâ€™.
Put together by Alestormâ€™s main man Christopher Bowes, Gloryhammer boasts not just Alestormâ€™s unique sense of humor but also all the clichÃ©s that a Power Metal band would showcase, to the Nth degree.Â With song titles like â€˜The Unicorn Invasion of Dundeeâ€™ and â€˜The Epic Rage of Furious Thunderâ€™ there is no way that the band means to put this out as a 100% serious affair though they do perform the songs on the album with a straight faced sensibility and a â€œWe are serious about this shit!â€ attitude which just plays into the whole idea of what they are doing even more.Â Which I think is fantastic.
From top to bottom â€˜Tales From the Kingdom of Fifeâ€™ is a pure power metal album even without the humor of Chris Bowes.Â Because, well, Power Metal is pretty good at times getting itself be made fun of.Â I donâ€™t mean that as any disrespect, because I do like Power Metal, I also can recognize the things that it can be made fun of for, especially when a power metal band takes itself too seriously.Â Which Gloryhammer does, but as an actâ€¦kind of like Spinal Tap.
If you are a power metal fan and have a good natured sense of humor you will not go wrong by picking up Gloryhammerâ€™s debut when it releases on the 29th.Â You have it all here, the keyboards, the guitars, the dramatic voices, the fantasy theme, unicorns, rainbows, female singers and even the deep toned spoken dialogs during songsâ€¦itâ€™s all here.Â Itâ€™s all power metal, all the time, with extra sugar on top with a cherry.
So when you go to play your next session of Dungeons and Dragons bring along â€˜Tales from the Kingdom of Fifeâ€™ and get ready to ride your Unicorn into Rainbow Gloryholes. <- What?!