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Pulver: Kings Under The Sand
Pulver - Kings Under The Sand Music Review

Pulver: Kings Under The Sand

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Pulver is a young heavy metal act from Germany. Formed a mere three years ago, the band dropped a self-titled three song EP, which featured the introduction of their band mascot, Phantom Hawk. On the strength of that short EP, Pulver caught the attention of Gates Of Hell Records who signed them to release their first full-length album, Kings Under The Sand, wherein Phantom Hawk, alien tribe, enslaves ancient Egypt.

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After a short guitar intro, Pulver wastes not time introducing you to their traditional heavy metal. Suggesting bands such as Iron Maiden, Tank, and maybe some Candlemass, Pulver offers listeners their New Wave of British Heavy Metal twisted with heavy rock groove. They fancy the crucial elements of the genre: twin guitar harmony, soaring leads, a heavy steady rhythm section for gallop and groove, and clean melodic vocals. Indeed, the combination of riffs and rhythm section can give their sound and songs a mixture of musical feelings from classic metal to epic metal to slight doomish qualities.

For a selection of the eight songs, you'll find a mixture of heavy power metal with Phantom Hawk and Kings Under The Sun, both relying upon a strong measure of twin guitar work. Blacksmith's Lament is more heavy steady metal with a dark foreboding feeling, even while sharp guitars fire up the tune. With the instrumental Alpha Omega, the twin guitar opening echoes the strains of classic music before jumping into some speedy guitar driven metal. Curse Of The Pharaoh, the closing number, has some crushing riffs fitted with some doomish heaviness in a steady pace, while offering plenty of twin guitar solos. All in all, for traditional heavy metal, perhaps with some epic and doom metal character, Pulver's Kings Under The Sand is spot on target. Check them out. Recommended.


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All in all, for some traditional heavy metal, perhaps with some epic and doom metal character, Pulver's Kings Under The Sand is spot on target. Check them out. Recommended.

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