This is an album that embraces what True Heavy Metal is all about; attitude, passion, songcraft and pure, molten delivery.
The singer has a very good voice that carries weight and authority with it, as well as being able to bang out decent harmonies and memorable melodies.
The music is Classic Heavy Metal, frequently stretched out to epic proportions across these 5 songs. The classic Metal flavour is added to by some more modern influences too; for example, if you take a band like Iron Maiden as a good starting point for comparison, Blackhour take influence from a wide swathe of Iron Maiden’s work, both old and new. This isn’t the only band they can be compared to though, as they’re certainly not Iron Maiden rip-offs. There’s more going on here than just that.
These are well-written songs that are played by people who know their way around their instruments intimately. Importantly though it’s the songs that matter and the band have a good grasp of what makes a decent Heavy Metal tune. The involving riffs and dynamic pacing of the songs work with the singer’s impressive vocals to create songs that stick in the mind long after the last chord has faded.
And there’s solos. Lots of them.
Quality stuff, and very enjoyable. Check this out and show your support.