Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle. Epic black metal done right. Huge orchestration and powerful synths. Big, brooding tracks. Classic black metal vocals executed perfectly alongside a rousing chorus of clean male vocals. Medieval melodies and long, catchy riffs that never get old. Also a great deal of variation and movement. Cheesy? Maybe. But unmatched in quality and dedication to the style in which they play. Not even Summoning was this good.
Oh, and did I mention GUITAR SOLOS? Like, REAL, classic heavy metal guitar solos. Not overindulgent, but not without prowess and skill on the fretboard.
If you don't find yourself humming along, pounding your chest wishing to go on an adventure to vanquish evil, you're doing it wrong. Epic doesn't even begin to describe this album. I haven't been this pumped about a metal album in a long time.
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