Review by Jack on March 8, 2003.
Power metal from Italy? There are certainly some big names to contend with in this day and age. Rhapsody and Thy Majestie being two of the most competent. Heimdall a six-some also from Italy and like the former bands are truly gifted lads. But gifted as everyone knows will only get you so far, to be a truly successful commodity you need that something extra. The question is; do Heimdall have that something extra?
Big symphonies, pompous sounding keyboards, harmonic choirs are all here and in full force like any self-respecting power metal fan would expect. Everything is absolutely spot-on here. Not a single note out of place, no over-cheesiness, just enough to leave you pretty satisfied; not completely satisfied, but enough to know that anymore power metal goodness would ruin the Heimdall experience.
"The Almighty" is the third Heimdall album and a pretty decent ride into the stratospheric world of epic metal. Vocally is where "The Almighty" really has a chance to shine. Giacomo Mercaldo has a fair set of lungs. Speed metal, boisterous choirs, and heartfelt somber moments, this man can sing in all power styles.
What makes Heimdall and "The Almighty" succeed I think is that things don't get out of hand. As I said before everything is place. They don't jump on the epic band wagon writing 12 minute 'epic' compositions, (which frankly I believe would sound like shit) they stay within their limits and writing very good music accordingly.
Bottom Line: Probably a fine example of what power metal bands should be looking for. Everything is very well done on "The Almighty". As far as power metal folks go, this is a winner.
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Rating: 7.6 out of 10