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Third Age Of The Sun - Battlelore

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Battlelore / Limited Edition / Audio CD released at Napalm

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      21.03.2008 12:26
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      Battlelore's third album (2005).

      Battlelore continue to improve slightly with each release, but still fail to live up to the standards set by other fantasy-themed metal bands. 'Third Age of the Sun' is notable for including a greater folk influence this time around, one that comes to the forefront in the soft 'Elves of Lúva' and the relatively upbeat 'Touch of Green and Gold,' but it still isn't enough to make for a satisfying and coherent album, especially as the latter song is one of many that suffer from a rapid deterioration into an almost nu-metal style towards the end.

      Bizarrely, the departure of disappointing male vocalist Patrick Mennander doesn't solve the problem his lacklustre performance brought to the band, as newcomer Tomi Mykkänen is similarly unconvincing in his death growl, though the newfound tendency towards adopting a character for the spoken word introduction would have been a nice touch if it was better implemented. The large band still contains two guitarists for no real reason, considering the riffs are all basic and secondary to Maria's keyboards, and as usual it's only the first full song 'Storm of the Blades' that boasts anything resembling a memorable riff, before the rest follow a more basic style.

      It would have been interesting to see the folk metal element pushed further here, rather than merely appearing in a couple of songs in an edited fashion (excluding 'Elves of Lúva' which is frankly rather boring), but the band needs to get over its tendency towards primitive heavy sections before their albums can approach the level of their contemporaries.

      1. Usvainen Rhûn
      2. Storm of the Blades
      3. Ghân of the Woods
      4. Gwaith-i-Mírdain
      5. Trollshaws
      6. Elves of Lúva
      7. Valier - Queens of the Valar
      8. Thousand Caves
      9. Cloaked In Her Unlight
      10 .Of Orcs and Elves
      11. Touch of Green and Gold
      12. Pallando - Forgotten Wizards I
      13. Gollum's Cry

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Usvainen Rhûn
    2 Storm of the Blades
    3 Ghân of the Woods
    4 Gwaith I Mirdain
    5 Trollshaws
    6 Elves of Lúna
    7 Valier-Queen of the Valar
    8 Thousand Caves
    9 Cloaked in Her Unlight
    10 Of Orcs and Elves
    11 Touch of Green and Gold
    12 Pallando-Forgotten Wizards
    13 Gollum's Cry