FALLEN ORDER - THE AGE OF KINGS (Independent)
I should dig very deep into my collection to find a band from New Zealand. At BNR-Metal pages I found out that this country contains a few bands but I as I was suspecting, none of them I have ever heard about. New Zealand is a country that stands on my wish list to visit one day, Iíve heard itís the most beautiful country on this globe.
Anyway Fallen Order is a band that exists since 2005 and ever since this is their first official product. That in this special country Heavy Metal has no secrets is good to hear. Fallen Order is mainly influenced by the Eighties Metal movement and fans of the traditional Metal forces will easily enjoy this one. The roots of this formation can be found in bands like Iron Maiden, Judas priest etc. but I also hear lots of tunes I know from plenty of American bands. Itís epic, itís true and itís exciting to listen to. And there is more than a big blink of an eye to the entire NWOBHM scŤne.
As a matter of fact this EP will offer you high qualitative traditional Heavy Metal without any surprises. The arrangements are rather typical; from the kind we like it at Metal To Infinity. Itís a band that would perfectly fit at for example the mighty Keep It true Festival, no doubts. Singer Hamish Murray has a lower vocal timbre, a bit Ďbaritoneí as they describe on their Facebook page but it all fits. Here and there he dares to use a high scream, just awesome! I hear two good guitar players, a stable base from bass and drums and five songs that will easily be adapted by fans of True Heavy Metal.
In its style this is more than a good effort and we can look forward to what the band will bring next. I suppose the chance is low to witness this band one day. Anyway I can only advice purists of this genre to search for them on: https://www.facebook.com/FallenOrderBand.
My Points: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic OnesÖ a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish