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Ironborne | ‘Prophecies Of Blood’

The question is this. If you’re going to do a side project, dont you generally make it a bit different?

Because if not, isn’t there a risk that it seems like outtakes and offcuts?

That was the first thing that occurred to me on listening to this offering from Krum and Ade from Darkest Era, plus Anais from Celtachor.

Yes, it’s more pulsating, more heroically styled and more NWOBHM certainly. But it’s still so… them.

Minus some stirring guitar harmonies obviously, and minus the moody balladic Celticism.

But hey: if it’s a chance to blow off some cobwebs and rock out for a bit then fine.

‘Blood Prophecy’ has some energy to it with a lovely Les Paul bite in th rhythm guitar. The clean guitar interlude is a nice atmospheric deviation.

Krum, as ever, is on top form vocally. He sounds as yearning as we’ve become accustomed to.

‘Eyes Of The Demon’ though really could be Darkest Era. There is nary a difference. And with less of the NWOBHM thrust about it, that’s where I start to wonder why it’s all come about. Good track – but why on this?

That knack for a good vocal chorus hook line asserts itself in ‘The Might Of Steel’, and its another strong track.

A Thor cover follows – ‘Let The Blood Run’ just kicking right back into what Fenriz might bark ‘Canadiaaaaan Metaaaaal’, all late 70’s, early 80s studded fist, leather chapped glory. Top fun. I mean, I know its Thor, and not Priest, but it’s almost impossible not to hear the weight of the ‘British Steel’ era hanging over it.

It’s all strong stuff: I just cant stop hearing an only minorly different variant on the Darkest Era sound, and so I do wonder what it’s all about.

But perhaps I’m just wondering too much when metal blood simply courses through their veins.

3.2 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 08/10/17

One Comment
  1. Cheers for the review. There is undeniably some crossover but the reasons behind wanting to do it (apart from the sheer enjoyment of writing and recording) will be more obvious once new DE material (eventually) surfaces.

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