Metal Blade Records
january 6th, 2009
Release length: 41:48
This album is definitely one filled with mixed emotions when started. While the start of the album has some great, fast paced music, unfortunately the same music can be brought down by rather bland moments. Take “Beyond The Scorpion Gate” for instance, it sounds like a great song but the horns imposed through the keyboards sound terrible, and you can hear a choppiness which makes them stand out as fake. That fact, as well as that the music will all of a sudden become slow for no real reason, then back to fast, will aggrivate the heck out of you in the first few tracks.
But, as far as the rest of the album goes, you will hear a heavy Children Of Bodom influence, but not enough to stop and say this is another rip-off band. The music has a rather victorious feel, and relies heavily on the usage of keyboards, mostly in the backghround of the music as horns to further push the aforementioned feel of the songs, bringing a very original sound to the music. But aside that, many of the songs on here are simply amazing. “Realm Of Ancient Shadows” is an amazing song with properly used keyboards, and a keyboard solo prior to a killer guitar solo. The song “The Winged Panther” is an exceptional song as well, with keyboards that are most distinguishable during the chorus (which is a good thing, an over usage of them on this track would have killed it) and some female vocals thrown in, but there really is no need for them except to add something more to the song. “The Berserker’s Field Of Whores” is just insane from start to finish, but what do you expect from a song with that title?
Battle Sluts is a pretty spectacular album, but it seems the first few songs (excluding the intro track “The Second Coming”) aren’t all that great, sounding more like filler songs for the real meat of the album, which comes are the interlude track “To Die Without Honor”. The final track “Battle Slut Drinking Song”, however, is exactly what you would expect, the band singing a drinking song that, at times, is rather comical. With all that in mind, yes, the musical change was a good move for the band. Hopefully the next album will not have as many songs that sound like filler as this one did.
01. The Second Coming – 1:42
02. Battle Upon The Arctic Plains – 4:12
03. Beyond The Scorpion Gate – 4:05
04. Realm Of Ancient Shadows – 3:44
05. Born Of Thunder – 3:51
06. To Die Without Honor (Interlude) – 1:13
07. The Winged Panther – 4:18
08. The Wretched Forest – 3:02
09. The Berserker’s Field Of Whores – 2:45
10. Agents Of Hypocrisy – 3:56
11. The Return Of The Geishmal Undead – 5:45
12. Battle Slut Drinking Song – 3:13
|Overall Score: 5.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.