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Swords Song - Battlelore

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Battlelore / Audio CD released 2003-06-02 at Napalm

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      21.03.2008 11:25
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      Battlelore's second album (2003).

      Finnish metal bands have a tendency for striking the perfect balance between a satisfying metal performance and something that can be enjoyed by a wider audience, for example the melodic power metal of Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius, but then there are some bands like Battlelore that weakly try to combine a more commercial approach into their dull atmospheric Tolkienian music and fail miserably. Even worse are the times they indulge in the delusion of being a metal band, resting their hopes in the second part of 'Khazad-Dum' that a tediously clicking pair of double bass drums will equate to heaviness.

      'Sword's Song' is a slight improvement over the debut only in terms of the keyboard orchestration, which now sits more comfortably with the fantasy theme apart from in songs like 'Buccaneers Inn' which still features an irritating, shiny keyboard solo. The main focus is once again on the duet between Patrick Mennander's weak growls, which haven't improved in the two years since the last album, and Kaisa Jouhki's singing that works a lot better, but still sounds the same as every other female gothic singer. Her task of singing explicitly Tolkienian lyrics also makes this a little embarrassing for listeners like me who aren't 'Lord of the Rings' fans, but as this is probably their target audience it's permissible.

      The most infuriating thing about this music is how it threatens to become interesting, only to slide into a bland atmospheric section without warning, and this spoils many songs that at least had the potential to be standard power metal fare. There's a slight experimental angle, but unfortunately this only comes through in the form of a really bad industrial slant to 'Attack of the Orcs,' seemingly in an attempt to enact the vicious attack of the lyrics through some sub-Rob Zombie electronic metal that doesn't even fit into the fantasy theme. Overall, 'Sword's Song' is the second in a long line of unconvincing releases from Battlelore; anyone with a serious interest in narrative, epic metal would be better searching for Bal-Sagoth, while those interested in a more fun and flighty take should stick with Blind Guardian and Rhapsody.

      1. Sons of Riddermark
      2. Sword's Song
      3. The Mark of the Bear
      4. Buccaneers Inn
      5. Attack of the Orcs
      6. Dragonslayer
      7. Khazad-Dûm (Part II - Silent Caverns)
      8. Horns of Gondor
      9. The War of Wrath
      10. Forked Height
      11. Starlight Kingdom
      12. The Curse of the Kings

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Sons Of Riddermark
    2 Sword's Song
    3 Mark Of The Bear
    4 Buccaneers Inn
    5 Attack Of The Orcs
    6 Dragonslayer
    7 Chazad-dum
    8 Horns Of Gondor
    9 War Of Wrath
    10 Forked Height
    11 Starlight Kingdom
    12 Curse Of The Kings