Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife
Review by JD on July 28, 2013.
Heavy Metal has always been able to laugh at itself while keeping a strong sense of dignity and pride. An attribute that other genres of music in general never can, and that is taking everything too serious in the end. A great example of this remarkable ability is the Symphonic Power Metal act from the UK called Gloryhammer.
Started by the Alestorm Vocalist/Keyboard wizard, Christopher Bowes along with handpicked others to sort of parody the whole Symphonic Power Metal scene. The result was a humorous take on the whole SPM angle, while making some good metal at the same time. Melodic, powerful with memorability mixed with rib tickling sweeping lyrics makes for a fantastic time.
I loved the whole album (not to mention the video which is awesome) right through, but I have two favorites. One is the melodic romp called 'Angus McFife' and it is infectious yet rather heavy attack. The other is the equally catching 'Hail to Crail'. The other songs do blend together to weave a great and masterful tale, but musically I like the two songs as is. Love the story line though.
I love concept albums when they are done right, and I love a well-crafted tongue in cheek album as well – this album has both sides of this coin and then some. Take a chance to laugh at some of the more unusual ends of our metallic spectrum – buy Gloryhammer stunning opus and crack open a cold one. This one you can laugh along with while being able to headbang with pride. Can’t really go wrong with this purchase… it’s that good.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9.1 out of 10