Airged Lamh - The Silver Arm

posted by Greg, Wednesday March 9, 2005 @ 09:39:10 AM

This review comes courtesy of Steven Cannon from Vibrations of Doom

Artist: Airged Lamh (http://www.airgedlamh.com)
Album: The Silver Arm
Release Date: 2004
Label: Black Lotus/The End Records



Rating: 100/100

For those of you who think Manowar wimped out, or power metal is just too fluffy and drenched with keyboards, this may be the band for you! I considered it one of the top 3 metal albums that came out in 2004, and after a listen I am sure you will too (after all, they will be reviewed and interviewed in the next issue of Vibrations of Doom Magazine!)

The guitar work, first of all, is heavy, thrashy, and many of the songs are of fast tempo. If I had to describe their sound, it would sound like a mixture of vocal harmonies like Blind Guardian, English folkish structures like Forefather, and the warrior/battle mentality of Manowar, mixed with the speed and aggression of 80's German thrash. 'Guardian Of The Ancient Deeds' starts things off in fine fashion, and you'll notice that the drum work is quite superb as well, bordering on black metal tempo! The vocal work is a thing to behold, and you WON'T hear those annoying (well, most don't like it anyway) high pitched wails or siren screams, though this guy does possess a range and many times (like on the crushing 'Dissention Seeds' and 'Warp Spasm,' two of the heaviest tracks on record) he dips down into a lower toned singing range. 'Mourning Grief' almost seems out of place with what's going on so far, but is absolutely THE most beautiful and emotional "ballad" (and I use that term VERY loosely) you'll ever hear, and yes it is done in a rather English folk style, with soaring vocal work at the end of the track. Acoustic guitars and keyboards grace this song, and oops! Did I say keyboards? Well, yes they are there but they mainly serve as adding atmospherics, and I PROMISE you you'll have to listen really close to pick them out. There's a cool instrumental that wouldn't be out of place on English heathen metal masters Forefather's discs like "The Fighting Man" or "Engla Tocyme" though the folkish, almost battle march instrumentation is rounded out by some heavy guitar work. All in all, you'll find that for the majority of speed, they do vary the tempos and utilize some interesting song structures throughout, making this 13 song affair keep your interest from beginning to end. Though it's on Black Lotus Records over in Greece, The End Records here in the States handles all the distribution and publicity, so it's available stateside... Thanks be to (insert name of your favorite deity here!) for some amazing power metal with an emphasis on POWER!!

- Steve Cannon (vibrationsofdoom@hotmail.com)


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