Music Review: Gloryhammer
CD: Tales from the Kingdom of Fife
by TJ Fowler
Label: Napalm Records
Available: Release Dates:
29.03.2013 G/A/S & Benelux
01.04.2013 Rest of Europe
Do you like fantasy? Do you like over the top fantasy? Do you like REALLY over the top fantsy? Do you also have a sense of humor? If so then look no further than Gloryhammer’s debut album ‘Tales From the Kingdom of Fife’.
Put together by Alestorm’s main man Christopher Bowes, Gloryhammer boasts not just Alestorm’s unique sense of humor but also all the clichés that a Power Metal band would showcase, to the Nth degree. With song titles like ‘The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee’ and ‘The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder’ 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 “We are serious about this shit!” attitude which just plays into the whole idea of what they are doing even more. Which I think is fantastic.
From top to bottom ‘Tales From the Kingdom of Fife’ is a pure power metal album even without the humor of Chris Bowes. Because, well, Power Metal is pretty good at times getting itself be made fun of. I don’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. Which Gloryhammer does, but as an act…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 Gloryhammer’s debut when it releases on the 27th. 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 songs…it’s all here. It’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 ‘Tales from the Kingdom of Fife’ and get ready to ride your Unicorn into Rainbow Gloryholes. ßWhat?!
Christopher Bowes – Keyboards
Thomas Winkler – Vocals
Paul Templing – Guitars
James Cartwright – Bass
Ben Turk – Drums