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Visigoth – The Revenant King (Metal Blade)

album by:
Visigoth
Version:
Cd
Price:
£10.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On January 21, 2015
Last modified:January 23, 2015

Summary:

Heavy Metal played with Passion and Vigour from Utah. Hail the new Kings of US Heavy Metal.

visiVisigoth from Salt Lake City, Utah released an impressive mini lp in 2013 which was picked up by Sarlacc and the much respected Cruz De La Sur. This mini LP was filled with a traditional heavy metal attack that landed them a deal with Metal Blade who has released this debut. First off the production is big and bold, chugging guitars, double bass drums all underpinned by the rumble of the bass. The leather lungs of Jake Rogers has depth and range and he uses the high histrionics when needed and does not sit in the high registers like many of the new traditional metal bands. The vocals are melodic and perfectly in tune which is not as common as you may think within this genre. The backing vocals are a bit over the top and may be a challenge in the live arena. Opener and title track “The Revenant King” is a fist banger from the very start with a memorable chorus and a relentless twin guitar attack. The guitar players Jamison Palmer and Leeland Campana are master shredders and don’t mess about with the solos, technically jaw dropping and not just for show but bring something to the songs. Stylistically they have taken nods from the likes of early Iced Earth, Attacker and old school masters like Maiden, this is certainly no retread of old ground, they have taken these influences and turned them into their own to produce a set of songs that are full of energy, memorable and technically brilliant. The cover version of Manilla Road’s “Necropolis” is an enjoyable romp through the classic tune. From the mini LP they have re-recorded “Creature of Desire” which is hook laden and unforgettable. On first listen I thought the production wasn’t as good as the EP but with further listens it is better and makes the band sound heavier, tighter and makes every note a rib cracker. This is worthy of your shekkles, get out there and support true traditional heavy metal.

Track listing

1. The Revenant King
2. Dungeon Master
3. Mammoth Rider
4. Blood Sacrifice
5. Iron Brotherhood
6. Necropolis
7. Vengeance
8. Creature of Desire
9. From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy

Line-up

Jamison Palmer -Guitars
Leeland Campana -Guitars
Jake Rogers – Vocals
Matt Brotherton – Bass
Mikey T. -Drums

Heavy Metal played with Passion and Vigour from Utah. Hail the new Kings of US Heavy Metal.

About Dave McCallum

Old enough to know better. I have been a metalhead for a long time, I am a lifelong collector of vinyl and cds, the more the better.