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The Storyteller – Sacred Fire Award winner

The Storyteller
Sacred Fire
by Anamaria Carla Ionita at 12 January 2015, 3:06 PM

A Swedish metal band from the city of Gävle was formed in 1990. Their music is often described as melodic heavy metal or power metal, with a touch of medieval and folk music. Having 5 releases out and touring extensively, participating at Sweden Rock Festival, Gates of Metal, 2000 Decibel and many more, they once again ready to release the a new up-and-coming masterpiece, entitled “Sacred Fire”.

When you hear the name THE STORYTELLER – you become curious and full of expectations. It’s that kind of name that obligates and demands a lot from the bearer.

The opening track “As I Die” has a powerful guitar intro, followed by L-G Persson’s amazing voice. On a totally different note, “One Last Stand” is more technical, filled with the highly known ‘must-do-in-a-power-band’ guitar riffs and solos. The song that gave the name of the album, “Sacred Fire” is not as ‘in-you-face’ as you would expect. It has a strong ballad feeling at the beginning, followed by rapid crescendo guitars. Voice alternations are present as well (the high pitched vocals part is simply amazing) followed by a catchy refrain – probably the reason the band chose this song to name the album after.

On a more serious level, “Ferryman” is a compelling well-made ballad, telling the story of a ‘gone man’ in the land of the dead. With “In Search for Treasures, Stones and Gold” we deal with a very interesting mix of power metal riffs with a ‘medieval-folkish’ sound coming from the chorus. Nonetheless, a solid track that got to me extremely quick.

A very sad ballad “Coming Home” makes me think of Ozzy’s “Mama I’m Coming Home”; don’t get me wrong, the songs are nothing like each other, except the theme that stood behind it. The last track “God Of War” is a fitting ending for the album, characterized by dominant solos, convincing voice and a lusty tale.

The fairytale that THE STORYTELLER started to tell fifteen years ago seems to be a never-ending story. Even though there are no innovations in the genre, it’s a strong album that it’s worthy of your time.

To sum it up, “Sacred Fire” is a good continuation for a band that has been on the market for so long. A good rhythm an addictive tempo and a powerful voice, are the 3 most powerful strengths.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. As I Die
2. One Last Stand
3. Sacred Fire
4. Ferryman
5. Serpent Eyes
6. Sons of the North
7. In Search for Treasures, Stones and Gold
8. Coming Home
9. The Army of Southerfell
10. Curse of the Seven Seas
11. Let your Spirit Fly
12. God of War
Lineup:
L-G Persson – Vocals
Jacob Wennerqvist – Guitars
Marcus Backlund – Guitars
Henke Brannerydh – Bass
Martin Hjerpe – Drums
Record Label: Black Lodge Records
     


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