||An awkward scenario would be to merely compliment
hard work on this 3rd opus, The Gorgon Cult. I believe a better way
of putting it would be--- holy shit, Batman!!! I haven't heard such
marvel black metal excellence since Anorexia Nervosa's "New Obscurantis
Order"! This is, indeed, excellent!! Stormlord, an Italian six-piece
dark/black metal outfit, have amassed a sound that suites both melody
and brutality while simultaneously initiating great sophistication
with full-blown chaos! The keyboards compliment every single guitar
riff, while the drumming precision is absolutely mind-blowing. You
can decipher anything from Hypocrisy to Dimmu Borgir to Oxiplegatz.
I am also awe-struck in amazement with the bands' diversion and tightness,
as they are as sound as night and day. Although, the only drawback
for me was the weird choral-chanted vocals that show up from time
to time (most notably, the latter part of "The Oath of the Legion").
Even then, the oddly delivered vocals lead into a kick-ass mosh-riff.
So in essence, the drawback really is nothing but a microscopic grain
of sand. I had kinda been looking forward to this release for some
time, but did not expect it would be this good!! Also, on this release
are appearances by Giuseppe Orlando of Novembre and Valerio Di Lella
of Grimness just to name a few. An even bigger surprise was the Maiden
cover of "Moonchild" (which was very delicately and aggressively
handled)! A tremendous production as well as some killer album artwork.
This is some dark, melancholic & sophisticated black metal excellence!!
Reviewed By: Thomas