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
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.
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
out of 10