Available: January 27th, 2015
Label: Metal Blade Records
The more I hear bands going back to that early 80’s sound for their metal sound the more I have my faith renewed in younger generations of metal bands and the fans. For many years the metal genre suffered from what I believed was a ‘too polished’ sound and production which can lead to the music sounding sterile. That isn’t to say that bands aren’t successful with that formula if they know what they are doing. Bands like Sabaton, Nightwish and some others are very successful with this kind of sound and production as their songs compliment this kind of tone and style. However there are many bands that try to get a slick sound which doesn’t fit with the theme of their music or songs. Luckily, Visigoth are not one of these bands.
Visigoth embraces what made heavy metal music so great to begin with and what endeared the genre to the grass root fans. With their album, ‘The Revenant King’, Visigoth take a recording style that sounds very reminiscent of the early NWOBHM bands such as Iron Maiden and Angel Witch where the production sound is very warm, intimate and natural. This in turn compliments the songs and style I think Visigoth wants to convey to their listener.
‘The Revenant King’ is an album filled with songs about folk lore, fantasy, swords and sorcery, cults and fantastical settings. All of which are expertly written about with clever lyrics and musical composition that makes ‘The Revenant King’ such a wonderful album. The songs are catchy with great hooks and choruses and sang by one, Jake Rogers who has a knack for theatrical expression in his singing. In fact he almost sounds like he would fit into a doom metal band but is actually in what would be a proto-power/speed metal band.
With songs like ‘Dungeon Master’, ‘Blood Ceremony’ and ‘Mammoth Rider’, Visigoth show they have a penchant for writing songs that invoke great imagery in the head of their listeners that have the ability to take them on great journeys of adventure. These songs, along with the rest of the album already have me ranking this album as one of the best releases of 2015 and it is only January.
I highly recommend Visigoth’s ‘The Revenant King’ to any old school metal fan who is looking to hear that long lost metal sound that got buried under decades of over produced material. However, I also recommend this album to anyone that just likes good music. Not just metal, but well crafted songs and music that is enjoyable to listen to.