When it comes down to whimsical styles of metal such as folk and epic metal I’m always more than willing to investigate, but there’s nothing better than a band that really immerses themselves in the style and not just imitating the sound instead of along with theme and atmosphere. Stormtide are one of those bands that dive head first into their craft, and from this song alone they promise great things.
I feel like it’s easily that say that the impeccably beautiful cover art draws you in without having to even think about it. So much fantasy themed shit going on that it’s hard to wrap your mind around at first, and then the actual music is yet another gift handed to us on a silver platter of awesomeness. The title track, “Wrath of an Empire”, is but one of a very promising selection of nine tracks that show that Stormtide have an excellent understanding of both the genre and the sound they’re aiming for. What we get is this magnificently grand sound that is really hard to put into words because it covers so much of the fantasy genre is a scant five minutes, and in those few minutes Stormtide leaves one hell of an impression that isn’t easy to achieve. From the excellent sound of the vocals to the wondrous added instruments alongside the more conventional set you get this fantastic array of sounds and marvel that isn’t easy to reciprocate for even one track in it of itself, so just daring to even think about doing it for another eight songs is a massive undertaking no matter which way you slice it. I’m always up to be impressed like anyone else, and for whatever reason I feel that Stormtide is more than up for the task.
I’ve never heard of this band, but “Wrath of an Empire” was so enticing and delicious I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want more, and I can guarantee the same for any epic or folk metal should they investigate this song. Hell, not even just the song but I’ve no doubt the whole album will be nothing short of a spectacular display once it releases, but until then we can unfortunately do nothing but wait.
“Wrath of an Empire” releases on August 1st!
LISTEN to “Wrath of an Empire” on Bandcamp here.
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