I really hate the word epic now, because it’s a fact that the word has been over used, beaten into the ground and made useless. When you use to hear the word epic you knew some amazingly cool shit was going down. Thor is picking up a volcano to throw at Godzilla, or two planets just smashed together, something of that magnitude. Now however it’s just shit, but the problem we have here is when the word epic is really the only word that can describe things and that’s where I run into the problem here, because this album is fucking epic. Over an hour of power metal greatness that will leave you wanting to plan an adventure to fight dragons and stab Zeus in the throat. If you’re a power metal fan you most likely already know this band, but if you don’t you can’t go wrong with this one.
‘Dark Frozen World’ A theatrical spoken word intro, with cathedral operatic greatness building until the boiling point!
‘Sea Of Fate’ The intro track cuts right into a shredding guitar solo, the drums come in to add to the almost speed metal sound until the vocals break in at thirty seconds and the mythological power metal starts. The perfect starter song, comes in hard then breaks to the peak of fantasy metal with awesome solos, and operatic vocals.
‘Crystal Moonlight’ This song makes you feel like you’re storming a castle on a mountaintop in the middle of night, rain falling steadily.
‘Reign of Terror’ Some fucking evil sounding shit here at the start, I bet Dracula sits back and listens to this while he’s waiting for Simon Belmont to come. It’s not long before the sweet sweet speed riffs kick in with some more opera like vocals, this time with lots of help.
‘Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio’ More dramatic spoken intros. This is the folk tune of the album, a Satyr most likely wrote the song.
‘Raging Starfire’ As you might imagine from the Raging part of the song name, the metal is back in full force. Speed riffs backing up the soundtrack used to Castle Crash.
‘Lost In Cold Dreams’ A really slow song, not very metal at all really. It’s not bad, but it’s the dud of the album.
‘On The Way To Ainor’ True to their form, following up something slow with another screaming guitar solo…which screeches to a halt for a piano and storyteller type vocals. Which picks back up to metal. It basically continues in the up and down fashion like that the entire time. With the exception of the fucking creepy haunted part at four minutes.
‘The Frozen Tears of Angels’ Another spoken intro, sounds like a movie I wanna see too! This monster clocks in at over eleven minutes, and not to disappoint this might be the best song on the album. It’s got everything I love in metal, long songs, mountain toppling vocals, sweet riffs, fantasy lyrics, it’s all there!
‘Labyrinth of Madness’ An instrumental, a very badass one.
‘Sea of Fate (Orchestral Version)’ An orchestral version of the opening song, it’s a great version but I prefer the original ones pumped full of metal. I’m glad this is around though, sounds like a totally different song.
1. Dark Frozen World
2. Sea Of Fate
3. Crystal Moonlight
4. Reign of Terror
5. Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio
6. Raging Starfire
7. Lost In Cold Dreams
8. On The Way To Ainor
9. The Frozen Tears of Angels
10. Labyrinth of Madness [Bonus Track]
11. Sea of Fate (Orchestral Version) [Bonus Track]