The Almighty ItalyCountry Of Origin: Italy
Heimdall - The Almighty

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The Calling
The Search
Eternal Race
Return To The Fatherland
Last Journey

Release Date: 2002
Label: Scarlet Records

MetalBite Review by Jack on 3/8/2003
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.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 7.5
Originality: 8
Overall: 7.5

Rating: 7.6 out of 10