Death Dealer “Conquers” The Power Metal Realm With Its Latest LP

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Power metal outfit Death Dealer officially returned this year with its latest album.  The band’s third album, Conquered Lands is a presentation that will appeal to the band’s fans just as much as to those of the power metal genre.  That is proven in no small part to its infectious musical arrangements.  This will be discussed shortly.  Its lyrical themes add their own appeal to its presentation, and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album a successful new offering that conquers the land of power metal.

Death Dealer’s third full-length studio recording Conquered Lands is a presentation that power metal fans will agree lives up to its name.  It definitely conquers the power metal realm.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  From start to end of the 11-song presentation, the arrangements lend themselves easily to comparisons to works from the likes of Judas Priest, Blind Guardian, and Sabaton.  That is evidenced in the soaring guitar lines, front man Sean Peck’s equally powerhouse vocals, and rhythm section pairing of bassist Ross The Boss and drummer Steve Bolognese.  For the most part, the arrangements maintain a relatively high energy.  However, there are some moments that while slower, are still heavy in their own right.  Case in point is the album’s slower but still very heavy title track.  It is not until even more than halfway through the nearly five minute song that it picks up the pace.  That increase in tempo and energy is only temporary, though.  It does slow back down to the heavy, sludge style sound and style with which it opened.  ’22 Gone’ is another of the album’s slower tunes that is still so powerful even being a more introspective composition.  That these two slower moments are thrown into the mix gives listeners some variety in terms of musical arrangements, making for its own share of interest for audiences.  The whole of the arrangements forms a strong foundation for the record.  Building on that foundation is the equally diverse lyrical content that couples with the record’s musical content.

The lyrical content that is featured in Death Dealer’s new album is important because unlike its musical counterparts, is even more diverse.  From beginning to end, audiences get a lot of different topics.  The whole thing opens with a song about the famed Marvel Comics character Dr. Strange in the form of ‘Sorcerer Supreme.’  ‘Every Nation,’ the album’s second song takes things in a completely different direction with its proud, fist-pumping anthem that declares the strength of metal and its audiences.  Peck goes so far as to say here, “They don’t understand us/We’re kicked to the curb/Often we scare them/And leave them disturbed/We like it that way/We don’t care what they say.”  He goes on later in the song to note, “If the world was all metal/We never would fight/We would just bang our heads/And get drunk every night.”  This could not be more true.  Metal and hard rock actually does more good for its audiences than bad for any aspect of society.  Real scientific studies that have been done support Peck’s statements.  This is just one more way in which the diversity of the record’s lyrical themes is exhibited.  ‘Faith Under Fire’ and ’22 Gone Today’ take on some very serious social issues.  ’22 Gone today’ tackles the issues of PTSD that military personnel endure long after they leave battle, as well as the physical damage that they deal with.  ‘Faith Under Fire’ meanwhile takes on the topic of the religious divide in America.  Of course, the band also takes on some lighter issues, such as apparently the tales of King Arthur and his knights in ‘Hail to the King’ and even ancient Egyptian culture in the album’s title track.  Between all of that, the seeming fantasy-based ‘Slay or be Slain,’ the call to union among metal heads that is ‘Running With The Wolves’ and the vampire-esque tale in ‘Beauty in the Blood,’ no doubt is left as to the importance of this record’s lyrical content.  While the lyrical themes featured in Conquered Lands and their companion musical content collectively do a lot to make the album widely appealing, they are just a portion of what makes the album a success.  The sequencing of the collective content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation.

The sequencing of Death Dealer’s new album is important because as noted, the album stays largely the same stylistically and in terms of the songs’ energies.  Save for the two noted moments, the album’s energy remains relatively high.  What is really important to note of it all is that the changes in the arrangements are just subtle enough from one to the next to keep the album interesting.  The changes are not overpowering, but not too subtle.  They are just enough that audiences can hear them through a close listen.  That in itself is important to address because it shows in its own right, a certain attention to detail throughout the album.  What’s more, the sequencing also shows that the lyrical themes do not stay too closely related from one song to the next.  This adds even more enjoyment and engagement for audiences.  Between that and the impact that the sequencing of the album’s musical arrangements has, the whole of the record’s sequencing clearly presents its own importance to the album.  When it is considered along with the albums overall content, the result is a record that succeeds because of its content and the very presentation thereof. 

Death Dealer’s new album Conquered Lands is a successful new offering from the power metal super group.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements are mostly familiar up-tempo power metal anthems.  However, there also is some slower but still very heavy content added in to the mix for a whole that will keep audiences engaged and entertained just from this aspect.  The diversity in the album’s lyrical content adds its own level of appeal to the album.  As noted the lyrical content ranges from the real to the fantastical to something in-between.  This in itself is sure to keep listeners’ attention.  The sequencing of that collective content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation.  The subtle changes in the stylistic approaches to those high-energy arrangements do just enough to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  The constant change in the album’s lyrical content through that sequencing builds even more on the importance of the album’s sequencing.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, the album proves that it lives up to its title.  It is available now.

More information on Conquered Lands is available online along with all of Death Dealer’s latest news at:

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Eternal Voyager Channels Maiden, Priest, Other Classic Masters On Its Debut Album

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Courtesy: Eternal Voyager

Eternal Voyager has been through a lot ever since its inception roughly a dozen years ago. Ever since its formation, the band has faced challenge after challenge throughout its life. From lineup changes and other changes, to multiple failed attempts to launch its debut album, the currently unsigned Minneapolis, Minnesota-based power metal band has managed to live on where other bands might have fallen apart after so much time and so much struggle. Now thanks to the dedication of its members (specifically front man Brian Blake) Eternal Voyager has finally released that long-awaited debut album and started on the path to potentially its first record deal. The band’s debut, The Battle of Eternity was released in November 2014. It is a work that fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and to a lesser degree Blind Guardian will enjoy with its storming vocals and precision musicianship. That is just one part of what makes this album worth the listen by any old school metal fan. The album’s sequencing and production are just as noteworthy. Audiences that give this album a chance will note the seeming connection of the album’s songs and by direct connection the lack of space between them. Both elements make The Battle of Eternity come across almost as a concept record of sorts, not to mention the songs themselves. The songs themselves are collectively the third element of the album worth noting. Looking at the album lyrically, each of the album’s songs seem to connect to one another directly ‘Holy Warrior,’ its follow-up ‘Army of Our Lord,’ and ‘The New Jerusalem’ contribute to that view. The same can be said of all seven tracks that follow. While not precisely linked to that first trio of songs, they each present a similar feel, thus showing why it would be so easy to think of The Battle of Eternity as a concept record of sorts even if it isn’t a concept record in the purest sense. Whether for this factor, for the album’s sequencing and production values, or for its musical similarity to some of the great names in metal, this album gives audiences plenty of reason for audiences to hear it at least once.

Eternal Voyager as a band has seen many ups and downs throughout the course of its roughly twelve-year life. Throughout it all, its member stuck to their guns and saw the band through to its current incarnation. And because of the determination of long time front man Brian Blake and his current band mates, the band finally released its debut album last year. The Battle of Eternity was released in November 2014. The album boasts a sound very similar to that of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest in their heyday. And to a lesser extent, purist metal fans will even be able to hear hints of Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray and others throughout the album’s eleven total tracks. That throwback to the golden era of metal is something that every purist metal fan will appreciate in listening to The Battle of Eternity. From Blake’s own storming vocal style to the occasional addition of his band mates’ own vocals to the precision work of guitarist Rob Nesco and bassist Jeff Igelsrud’s low-end, the band in whole has crafted a collection of songs on this record that any old school metal fan will enjoy. And it’s just the start of what makes The Battle of Eternity worth at least one listen. The album’s sequencing and general production values play just as important a role to the album in whole.

Eternal Voyager’s debut album is one well worth at least one listen by any old school metal fan. That is largely thanks to the album’s obvious influence from the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian and others of that ilk. The similarity in sound to those bands is just part of what makes this album worth the listen, though. The album’s sequencing and overall production values are just as much to thank for its ability to reach its intended audiences. The first three full songs that make up The Battle of Eternity–‘Holy Warrior,’ ‘Army of Our Lord,’ and ‘The New Jerusalem’–instantly create a feeling of it being a concept album. While the songs that follow don’t necessarily seem directly linked to that first trio of songs, they do bear a certain link of sorts to them. And because so little time is wasted between songs, the argument is made even stronger that The Battle of Eternity could be seen as a concept album even if not in the purest sense of the term. The album’s overall production values tie in to its sequencing, balancing each line (vocals, drums, bass, and guitar) evenly with the others. Because each line is so well-balanced with the others, every guitar solo is crystal clear. The machine gun precision of the drumming is just as obvious. Believe it or not there are some records out there that are not at that caliber. The drums on those records sound like someone hitting a pillow over and over. The guitars and vocals seem to fight one another and the bass is next to nonexistent. That isn’t the case here. And audiences will hear that for themselves when they order The Battle of Eternity from Eternal Voyager’s online store.

The sequencing and production values presented in The Battle for Eternity collectively form a solid argument for it being at least something similar to a concept record. And that is not a bad thing. The lyrical content of the songs makes that argument even more concrete. It is one more reason audiences will appreciate the album, given the listen. Blake sings in the album’s opener ‘It has begun/The world’s in bleeding tears/Metal in our hearts/We don’t believe in fear/Our strength comes from the warrior within/So ride with us/We’ll crush their foolish sins.” He goes on to sing in the song’s final verse, “On the final day/When judgment comes to all/Corporate masters and/And world leaders all/A dark sun will rise up in the sky/Take wings of flight/It’s heaven sent tonight.” He and his band mates sing in the song’s chorus, “Holy warrior in chains/Open up your heart and heed the call/Make your stand and fight forever/On the call of glory they shall fall.” These lyrics taken into consideration with the album’s short opener, it seems all the more a concept album with lyrics similar to that of Amon Amarth and others. The songs that follow make that case even stronger. It pains a picture of the battle of Armageddon or at the least a huge battle of good versus evil. And the fact that it is followed by ‘The New Jerusalem’ in which Blake sings, “Now is the time we stand amongst the holy king/His power shines in us all like blades and silver wings/His blood was spilled like rain for us to set us free/And by his holy word we’ll stand eternally.” That same religious theme continues through the remainder of the song and almost as much in the songs that follow. That a seemingly similar lyrical theme runs through the course of each of the album’s songs even despite some minor differences makes even stronger the argument that The Battle of Eternity is a concept album to at least some degree. For anyone that is open to concept albums this is a good thing. Coupled with the album’s old school power metal vibe, The Battle of Eternity is made even more worth the listen. And when partnered with the album’s sequencing and production values, the end product of The Battle of Eternity is an album that any classic metal fan should hear at least once.

The Battle of Eternity is available now. It can be ordered online direct from Eternal Voyager’s online store at https://www.nimbitmusic.com/eternalvoyager. After ordering the band’s new album, audiences can keep up with the band’s latest news and tour dates online at:

Website: https://voyagermetal.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Voyager/115519158479578

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