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   STORMWARRIOR
Northern Rage
2004
Remedy Records
http://www.stormwarrior.de


rating: 4/5

1. And The Northewinde Bloweth
2. Heroic Deathe
3. Valhalla
4. Thy Laste Fyre
5. Welcome Thy Rite
6. Odinn's Warriors
7. Bloode Eagle
8. Sigrblót
9. To Foreign Shores
10. Lindisfarne

Who has not heard of this german power/thrash/viking metal band?!? The debut album (2002) was outstanding, a must-have for all those who like the Helloween debut "Walls Of Jericho"! Now they are back with their second album "Northern Rage" which is the same style as the debut. The curious thing is, the band has completely changed except for singer & guitar player Lars Ramcke. But, however, Stormwarrior still sound the same...

After an instrumental intro, "Heroic Deathe" kicks off with loads of speed and aggression, and Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) is doing some vocals, just like on the first record (still giving me loads of goosebumps!), although Ramcke sounds quite similar to Kai. "Valhalla" is another speedy song, nothing new here, but still very good; same with most of the other songs ("Thy Last Fyre", "Bloode Eagle", "Sigrblót", "To Foreign Shores")! "Welcome Thy Rite" starts a bit different but changes quickly to the same thrashy power metal. "Odin's Warriors" is a bit slower, more mid-tempo than the rest but still a good one. The last song is yet another highlight: "Lindisfarne". Over eight minutes of power and variety. It starts off with an heroic melody but then the usual speed gains control again. In the middle there's another heroic and melodic mid-tempo part, before the song becomes fast, and the chorus is really great. The best song in songwriting, together with the opener "Heroic Deathe"!

Although it seems as if "Northern Rage" was boring, it's not! Most of the songs are structured the same, the style is almost the same in every song, but still Stormwarrior kick some ass! For sure, a bit more variety would be even better, but maybe we can see that one the next record which I am very looking forward to!

submitted by Paddy 18.09.2004

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