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Review by Tony Cannella
On their My Space profile, Memphis, Tennessee’s Order of Týr list among their influences power metal, electronic music and… video games. Their album cover has a definite video game vibe to it and throughout their second album “Flames of Destiny”; Order of Týr incorporates some video game-like sounds along with their metal. That said, it is certainly a unique approach to take musically and the end result is an adventurous sounding second release. After the 2-second (that’s right 2-second) opening intro, Order of Týr launches into the 8-minute “Angels of Majesty / To Yourself, Be True”. Order of Týr also incorporates movie soundtrack influences into their music; “Ignite the Desire” is a perfect example of this. The epic 18-minute “Onward, My Children, to the Brink of Destiny”, is a great song that changes direction so many times throughout the course of its 18-minutes and never gets boring. Other Highlights: “Identity”, “Odin Speaks”, “Fight On, Forever” and “Angels of Majesty”. It is difficult to simply sit back and describe the music on “Flames of Destiny”, it must be heard to get a feel of the overall sound that Order of Týr presents. Whether you like it or don’t, this is a bold second step from a band that shows off loads of promise. I am still a little unsure about what genre this band lies in, perhaps a new one, video game power metal? Whatever the case, Order of Týr do things their own way and that is to be commended.
Rating - 72/100
Label : Van Records
Review by Si Smith
Hailing from San Francisco, stoner/doom band Castle have delivered a solid first offering on the altar of metal with “In Witch Order”. Dealing with various occult topics, the music moves from chugging stoner to gut-crunching doom, not so slow as to be melancholy but oddly uplifting in a weird way. Opener “Descent of Man” is a fine example of a doom song with a good rhythm, enough life there to begin to bang the head that doesn’t bang. The female vocals are clean but sung with enough attitude to make you sit up and listen; no ethereal soprano here. Music that grabs you by the smalls and gets in your face. Good ol’ heavy metal as it should be played, with conviction and character. “Fire in the Sky” continues with a galloping shirt-ripper of a track, male vocals joining the party and adding to the old school atmosphere. “Slaves of the Pharoah” has a great chorus lead riff and “Knife in the Temple” sounds dark and sinister, promising arcane secrets for those willing to delve into the depths of the music. “Total Betrayal” bursts out of the speakers like a thunderclap, filling the senses and satisfying hidden lusts. There seem to be no “filler” tracks here, all seem as good as the other. “Lost Queen” brings down the pace to a slow throb, reaching out to those who like it slow but heavy. “Shaman Wars” rings out like a beacon, and although the vocals are a bit rough here, it can be forgiven. “Sleeping Giant” brings us some more classic slow doom, appealing in its simplicity. Right down to the last song “Devil’s Castle” this is a reliable album, a riff-heavy offering that will leave your ears hungry for more. Kudos to vocalist Elizabeth Blackwell (also the bassist) for holding her own as a female traditional heavy/doom singer. All in all a pleasing experience.
Rating - 85/100