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Elmsfire: Wings Of Reckoning
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Elmsfire: Wings Of Reckoning

Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Formed more than 10 years ago by guitarist and friends Germano Sanna and Doro, Elmsfire has had a history of sporadic output and many personnel changes. In 2010, the band dropped their debut album, Thieves Of The Sun (Massacre), which I found to be a solid example of classic heavy/power metal. Six years later, their second effort Hour Of The Wolf, came as an independent release (which I did not receive for review). Now with another new lineup and reduced to a quartet, Elmsfire returns with their third long-player, Wings Of Reckoning, also self-released.

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Since albums arrive every four to six years, Elmsfire has pulled out all the stops for Wings Of Reckoning. The band offers listeners an long and expansive platter of heavy metal with 14 songs at nearly one hour. Forged on the anvil of twin guitar harmony and singular leads, Elmsfire offers headbangers guitar-driven classic metal with an equal portion of power metal gallop and rock groove.

Generally, and largely, most songs develop from the the combination of a twin riff barrage and an ambitious rhythm section, wherein things move with groove and swiftness, before the guitar solos rise and roar. This formula is self-evident within Camazotz, Harlock, Crionics, or Drop Dead. For some slight variation, songs like Maelstrom and Croghan give the arrangements some fuel for more ambitious speed metal. Alternatively, Elmsfire dabbles with more epic metal with Killer Of Giants. Beginning with light electric guitar, swirling symbols, and soft bass, the song develops nearly solemnly into a rising metal anthem, finishing with a soaring guitar solo. It was easily my favorite song here. Somewhat similar, Rise From Tartarus offers listeners classic melodic metal by juxtaposing softer acoustic guitar and vocal parts with moments of rising heaviness. Throughout listeners should note the fine melodic lead vocals and accompanying vocal harmony.

All things considered, and as expected from Elmsfire, Wings Of Reckoning is another solid album of classic and melodic, heavy power metal. Recommended for fans of the same. Get it and support the band.




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The Bottom Line

All things considered, and as expected from Elmsfire, Wings Of Reckoning is another solid album of classic and melodic, heavy power metal. Recommended for fans of the same. Get it and support the band.

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