Poseidons Anger – Anger Of The Gods

‘Anger Of The Gods’ could have easily come out of the early 80s, if not the late 70s. If you told me it was a demo from an old US metal band from ’81, I would be suspicious due to the production, but probably wouldn’t call you out on it. The style is a great fusion of epic heavy metal and some Candlemass style doom: think a more traditionally inclined Doomsword with some Manowar, early Iron Maiden, and just a bit of power metal. There’s even a very subtle flavor of ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’-style prog: as I said, this is most certainly a band with its roots in bands from many years ago.

The music is almost exclusively slow to midpaced, with sets of catchy, melodic, traditional riffs. Vocals are clean and operatic and strong in the Candlemass style, and drumming is fairly minimalist and rock-based. The three tracks on this demo are all about the subtle melodies of guitars both clean and distorted, with great emphasis on the solo as a method of conveying intensity. The material here has a bit more of a prog edge than you’d think at first glance: closing track ‘The River Of Styx’ is pure ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, though the other two tracks are certainly more aggressive. The eponymous track is an exercise in thick palm-muted riffing under operative vocals, while middle track ‘Battle Of Kadesh’ is a bit more Manilla Road: the tribal drum intro and outro and ritualistic vocals indicate a bit more creativity and uniqueness than usual. Production as a whole is a bit muffled when it comes to the guitars, but is overall very listenable.

I think this is an impressive listen purely due to how well Poseidons Anger have replicated the traditional metal style without cloning anyone. It’s one thing to sound like this by stealing from Black Sabbath or Judas Priest, but this band honestly sounds like an artist from that time period, not a tribute. Obviously all fans of NWOBHM or traditional US heavy metal will be interested in this, and after listening to nearly nonstop death and black, this is an enjoyable reprieve. Essentially, if the number of Virgin Steele albums you own is greater than zero, you need to check this out, and probably even if your number is lower.

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~ by noktorn on September 13, 2007.

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