What’s this, an Australian band that’s doing epic folk/death metal Ensiferum, Whispered, Alestorm (and more) style? To me that’s always been Europe’s (especially Finland and Germany) domain so nice to see a band from down under creating some epic music. The lineup of six formed in 2013 and released their EP, A Skalds Tale, the same year with Wrath of an Empire being the bands full-length debut.
They have certainly taken inspiration from Whispered as the core sound has a lot in common (almost sounding Japanese like on some tracks) with the Finnish samurai masters. There are differences though, lyric theme isn’t japanese at all for example as it’s more of a journey of a hero getting born and fighting off an evil empire. Power metal style!
I really like this type of music and I’ve enjoyed Stormtide’s Wrath of an Empire all the way through. I wouldn’t say it stands out but if you are a fan of the genre, like me, you should definitely give this album a try.
For fans of: Whispered and Ensiferum
Favorite song: Ride to Ruin