Wednesday, October 28, 2015

REVIEW : Reverence / Gods Of War (2015)

In my review for REVERENCE's album "When Darkness Calls", back in 2012, I wrote that "Emotions, great arrangements, powerful performances, a tight musicianship, killer tracks and superb guitar work all these plus an 80's feeling and there you have one of the best metal records of this year!!". Yes, that was, and still is a damn fine classic metal album all the way and, to be honest, I was looking forward to the band's follow-up record.

So, the anticipation is finally over and Reverence is back with a new opus which is entitled "Gods Of War". I was sure that this band would deliver a big album and, hell, it did! "Gods Of War" is a true metal album that stays true to its roots of the classic metal scene of the 80's and includes big and in-your-face riffs, hellish solos, tight songs and passionate-soaring vocals.

The opening tune of "Gods Of War" is pure metal delight. An almost Dokken-esque intro riff and comes the real thing which is this year's metal anthem!! "Heart Of Gold", "Until My Dying Breath" and the ultra catchy "Angel In Black" are all three great samples of powerful melodic metal at its best. One of the highlights here is without any doubt the killer tune of "Choices Made"; this is an up-tempo power metal gem with a sing-a-long chorus line that you are gonna whistle it for days!

The fact is that there is no filler in sight here. Every single track in "Gods Of Metal" is an hymn to the glory days of the classic metal/power metal scene of the 80's played with attitude and with a more updated sound and the final result is pure candy in my ears.

Rating : 9/10

Track Listing :
01. Gods of War
02. Heart of Gold
03. Until my Dying Breath
04. Angel in Black
05. Tear Down the Mountain
06. Blood of Heroes
07. Battle Cry
08. Choices Made
09. Splinter
10. Cleansed by Fire
11. Race to Obscene

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