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dinsdag 18 april 2017
STORMHAMMER: Welcome To The End

Release: 2017-03-24
Style: power metal
Country: Germany
Playing Time: 64’54”
Cat. N°: MAS CD0976
Review by: Guy
Translated by: Guy
Rating: 7/10


This is the sixth album for the German Stormhammer quintet.

The intro takes us to a battlefield under storm, after which ‘Northman’ melodically mid tempo pounds with some raw vocals intertwined between the clear ones. The title track is sturdier, more energetic and melodic as well, while ‘Heritage’ starts more temperate, but gets sturdier, with catchy hook. Then ‘Secret’ is a heavy, slight thrashy piece of violence with a nice solo in its midst. ‘Law’ is a track with speedy pieces, catchy hook and melodic solo, but ‘Watchmen’ shifts gear even higher. We’re about halfway the album and still nothing very remarkable to be noticed. ‘Heaven’ is fast and melodic, with quieter passages, but ‘Dark Side’ finally made me sit up: fine intro, heavy transition, back to the intro theme, whispered spoken voice, solo, … Great song, followed by the melodic ‘Night’.
‘Spirit’ is faster, catchy, with slower passage adorned with some grunt. The thrash riff of ‘Temptation’ suits the raw song fine and, after a short interlude, ‘Black Dragon’ closes hard, melodic and catchy with more grunt.

Fine pieces, but a bit disappointing.


Dit is het zesde album van het Duitse vijftal Stormhammer.

De intro neemt ons mee naar een slagveld met onweer, waarna ‘Northman’ melodieus mid tempo beukt met wat ruige stem vervlochten in de normale zang. Het titelnummer is steviger, energieker en tevens melodieuzer, terwijl ‘Heritage’ bezadigder start, maar daarna steviger wordt, met catchy hook. Daarna is ‘Secret’ een heavy, licht thrashy brok geweld met een lekkere solo halverwege. ‘Law’ is dan weer een track met speedy stukken, catchy hook en melodieuze solo, maar ‘Watchmen’ gaat er nog wat steviger tegenaan. We zijn ongeveer halverwege dit album en nog steeds niets echt opmerkelijk te signaleren. ‘Heaven’ is snel en melodieus, met kalmere stukken, maar ‘Dark Side’ deed me eindelijk rechtop zitten: fijne intro, stevige overgang, terug naar de intro melodie, gefluisterde parlando, solo,… Prima nummer, gevolgd door het melodieuze ‘Night’. ‘Spirit’ is weer sneller, catchy, met tragere passage voorzien van wat grunt.
De thrash riff van ‘Temptation’ past lekker in het ruige nummer en, na een kort interludium, sluit ‘Black Dragon’ stevig, catchy en melodieus af met meer grunt.

Lekkere stukken, maar toch wat teleurstellend.


The beginning Of The End (1’10”)
Northman (5’03”)
Welcome To The End (4’43”)
The Heritage (5’03”)
Secret (4’47”)
The Law (6’57”)
Watchmen (5’25”)
Road To Heaven (4’35”)
My Dark Side (5’42”)
Into The Night (5’02”)
Spirit of The Night (5’39”)
Soul Temptation (4’52”)
The Awakening (0’22”)
Black Dragon (4’26”)


Jürgen Dachl – vocals
Manni Ewender – guitars
Bernd Intveen – guitars
Horst Tessmann – bass
Chris Widmann – drums

Guest :
Natalie Pereire Dos Santos (The Boris Karloff Syndrome) - vocals on ‘Heritage’

Geplaatst door Vera op dinsdag 18 april 2017 - 11:14:27
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