Consider the flash of Malmsteen and Rhapsody mixed with the speed of Gamma Ray with the gravelly vocals of Carlos Escudero. The guitars of Pedro J. Monge will remind you of Malmsteen and classic Racer X era Paul Gilbert. Flashy, heavy possessing finesse with speed is the order of the day on this powerful release.
Carlos Escudero – vocals, guitar
Pedro J. Monge – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Oscar Cuadrado – bass, backing vocals
Edu Martinez – drums
all tracks by Escudero & Monge except 6,8,12 by Pedro Monge
1. I Made My Own Hell 04:19
2. Breaking All the Rules 04:09
3. No Return 03:53
4. Steam-Roller 04:16
5. Old Kings Visions (Part II) 06:54
6. Mystery (instrumental) 03:21
7. House of War 04:23
8. Moonlight (instrumental) 00:42
9. Dreamer 03:35
10. Death Comes Tonight 04:40
11. I Will Rise My Fist 05:17
12. March of Doom (instrumental) 05:11
Total playing time 50:40
some time back i bought the “keepers of Jericho” albums and i loved their cover of Gorgar so I took a more in-depth listen to their solo stuff and i bought this album first, and the first thing that came to mind was old Helloween-Yngwie Malmsteen and Kreator (KREHELLOSTEEN!!!) which is a combination of epic proportions!!!, this album punches you with the first few songs with speed then shows you the versatility in the solos and instrumentals with a twist of neo-classical thrash and memorable riffs,and lets not forget high notes.
Spanish metal when at its best…
I was anxious for this album. Could Vhäldemar really beat their debut album? So, when I first listened to I Made My Own Hell I was amazed. This was actually better than Fight To The End in every single way. Instrumentally the new album is better and they all handles their instruments quite good. The instrumental track, Mystery, is not a total show-off, but still very solid and one of the better songs on the record.
I was also surprised by Death Comes Tonight. Their debut and most of the songs on this one, is fast and/or hard melodic power metal. Even if the song isn’t very fast, the melodies are still very much in Power Metal style. Death Comes Tonight is different. A raw and hard Heavy Metal track, which shows how great song-writers they really are. Amazed!
The two first tracks are nothing spectacular, but good songs nonetheless. Then the real good songs comes. No Return – Steam-Roller – Old Kings Vision (part II) and Mystery. Four great songs, which makes the whole record.
Well, this is a great record – it really is. Once again Arise Records has managed to release a hell of a record…