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Human Fortress: Raided Land

"We wanted to continue with the style of music that Human Fortress was known for after the first two albums Lord of Earth and Heavens Heir (2001) and Defenders Of The Crown (2003), guitarist Wolf explains."Of course there will be a different flavour to the new material, because we have a new singer, a new bassist and keyboard player. Also we of course don't want to deliver a 1:1 copy of our previous albums." That's what this German melodic power metal band wanted to achieve on this, their first album with new vocalist Gus Monsanto, Andre Hort (bass) and Dirk Liehm (keyboards) joining Todd Wolf (guitars), Volker Trost (guitars) and Apostolos "Laki" Zaios (drums.) Things certainly begin well with the excellent tuneful title track which arguably fades out too early.

Strange then after saying that, the main problem I have with this album is that it is too long and also the songs are too similar in their sound and attitude. At ten tracks long this could have been a top quality, concise statement of intent but about three quarters through I kind of lost interest. Perhaps in these days of limited attention spans (and I definitely include myself in this,) two mini albums could have been the way forward. Great keyboards on "Wasted Years" though.

Track listing:
  1. Raided land
  2. Child of war
  3. Wasted years
  4. The chosen one
  5. Shelter
  6. Gladiator of Rome (part 2)
  7. Dark knight
  8. Prelude
  9. Pray for salvation
  10. Evil curse
  11. Restless soul
  12. Under Siege
  13. Guard the blind

Added: December 3rd 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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