(7/10) If you like Dio and Ozzy you should also check out Sumerlands. These guys are more than inspired by the two iconic singers. It's not only the vocals that leads to a lot of cross-references. It's also the way the songs are written and arranged. In case you want the perfect example, here it is: "The Guardian". The instrumental section spouds like taken from an 80's Dio album with Ozzy Osbourne as singer. Maybe a weird combination, but a good result. The same goes for the next track called "Timelash".
In general I must say that the guys have a passion for 80's metal. Regardless if you're listening to the opener "Seventh Seal", the galloping "Blind" or the raging "Spirit Infinte", each of the tracks comes with a strong metal vibe.
A song that's slightly different is the title track. There are a few things that maked it sticking out its head of the others. First of all it's an instrumental, secondly it's a quiet tune that has a chilling character and by having said all this it feels more like an silent outro of an album that's well done.
You could think that with the mentioned links to 80's metal that longplayer has too little of an own identity. This isn't the case. Sumerlands finds their own niche in a genre that had its peak almost three decades ago. This album might be a good choice for fans of the early days of metal, but also young dudes will find their entertainment in each of the tracks since it offers good music with a cool vibe.
- Seventh Seal
- The Guardian
- Haunted Forever
- Spiral Infinite
- Lost My Mind
Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: September 16th, 2016