STORMHAMMER - Welcome to the End
STORMHAMMER is a band from Germany whose career I had the chance to follow from their debut album entitled “Fireball” until their sixth studio release which I am about to present to you here. They started as a melodic heavy/power metal band and through the years they have become heavier without losing their power metal character. It is a band true to what it does and because of that they have earned my respect.
From the title of their new album we can easily realize that their new release has a dark thematology that fits perfectly with their sound. Their sound, now, is both violent and yet melodic and of course influenced by the German power metal scene. The way they structure the songs reminded me a bit of BLIND GUARDIAN and in their straight forward moments also IRON SAVIOR. The band, though, doesn’t copy at any point the aforementioned bands since through all these years it has crafted its own personal style.
It is a release that people of power metal and especially the ones that enjoy groups like BLIND GUARDIAN and IRON SAVIOR will enjoy. My only objection is that the album could have been more functional if it had a shorter duration.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis