Gloryhammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

Tales from the Kingdom of FifeA concept album describing how the bold hero Angus McFife saved the city of Dundee from the evil sorcerer Zargothrax and his horde of undead unicorns?

What’s not to like about that?

Power metal is a strange thing. There are a few bands in the genre who appear take themselves really seriously and come over as po-faced and pretentious; Sonata Arctica, I’m looking at you. And then there are bands like Gloryhammer who play it with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. The fact that they’ve dedicated the album to William McGonagall should tell you something. The only thing missing is a reference to Desperate Dan.

With song titles like “The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee”, “Quest for the Hammer of Glory”, “Silent Tears of the Frozen Princess” and the grand finale of “The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder”, Gloryhammer are on a mission to leave no cliché unturned and produce something that sounds like an epic soundtrack for that well-known game played with twenty-sided dice.

It helps of course that the music itself is excellently done, with some very solid songwriting and tight musicianship throughout. It’s full of thundering rockers with singalong choruses and big soaring power ballads. There are the requisite neo-classical guitar solos and sweeping cinematic keyboards, and the occasional choir. This is big cheesy grin music in the best sense of the word.

Give this a listen:

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7 Responses to Gloryhammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

  1. Wednesday says:

    These guys are ace… and appeal to the LARPer in me ;-)

    I managed to somehow miss them when they toured last year… but suspect they would be lively, energetic and fun to see play – so give me a nudge if you hear they’re playing UK dates again and come see them with me!

  2. Tim Hall says:

    They’re just the sort of band who would liven up The Cambridge Rock Festival no end!

  3. Wednesday says:

    Oh – very much agreed!!!

  4. Sam Lewis says:

    I have a feeling that all the CRF die-hards and trolls just wouldn’t get this at all :P

  5. Tim Hall says:

    Not on FB any more so I don’t know what the die-hards and trolls are up to any more. I guess they don’t get anything that doesn’t sound like it’s blues-rock from circa 1971.

  6. Sam Lewis says:

    They’d all be like: ‘Where’s Split Whiskers?’

  7. Normally heavy metal bands do make this kind of art for their albums. This art tells us the boldness and power that can destroy and create as well.