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Vorpal Nomad - Hyperborea Award winner

Vorpal Nomad
by Sharon "Metal Chick" Bar-Or at 04 June 2012, 6:59 PM

Somewhere in the universe bands like IRON SAVIOR, SHAMAN and TWILIGHTNING laid the grounds for VORPAL NOMAD. It was chosen to tell the story of the “Hyperborea”. Now for those who don't know; In Greek mythologies the Hyperborean were a mythical people who lived far to the north of Thrace. The Greeks thought that Boreas, the North Wind, lived in Thrace, and that therefore Hyperborea was an unspecified region in the northern lands that lay beyond the north wind. Their land, called Hyperborea or Hyperboria -"beyond the Boreas" - was perfect, with the sun shining twenty-four hours a day, which - if true - suggests a possible location within the Arctic Circle which is what they basically talk about on the album.

I put VORPAL NOMAD with the bands I've mentioned above because they all have an awesome Power Metal rhythm and nature even lyrically; Power Metal bands usually use mythologies or super natural elements and themes and you know what? I think that what makes Power Metal so great. It’s a story, and in this case it's a Greek history so why not?

Instrumentally, I'm convinced with the story line, with the décor. VORPAL NOMAD has managed to deliver here the concept by giving a great instrumental presence to each of the instruments exactly at the same time. I could have sworn that these guys just came from there and now they tell me about "Last Hero on Earth" and a place called "SkullIsland". However I have a huge problem with the sixth track "The Mad Hatter"; I'm sorry, it has nothing to do with the story line. It could have been nice if it was the bonus track but not as an actual track. The thing is that when VORPAL NOMAD had decided to put "The Mad Hatter" when the concept is “Hyperborea” it kind of broke the story line. Not good basically.

Now, the credit goes to Felipe Machado Franco (Vocals) who did an amazing job with telling the story of “Hyperborea” but not only that; the man has an incredible vocal range and power = suitable to a fine Power Metal band!

Join VORPAL NOMAD and myself to the awesome sound and story of Hyperborea!

4 Star Rating

1. HyperBorea
2. Skull Island
3. The Brother Hood
4. Final Cry for Freedom
5. Last Hero on Earth
6. The Mad Hatter
7. Vorpal Nomad
8. As The Otherworld Falls Dwan
9. Jack'O'Lantern 
Felipe Machado Franco- Vocals
Nicolas Waldo - Lead Guitar
Christian Gaitan - Drums
Andres Parada - Lead Guitar
Daniel Pinzon – Bass
Record Label: Metalodic Records


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