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Doomswod is a well established band and very respected by the global metal community. They play doom/epic heavy metal, with slow mid-tempo riffs and deep operatic style vocals that give a true epic atmosphere in their albums. They have developed their very personal style without copying any of the well known epic metal bands. Of course the listener will notice some Manowar, Manilla Road and Candlemass influences but this does not give any negative impact in the final product.
My Name Will Live On is an incredible album that will satisfy your quest for epic metal with some very cachty melodies, bombastic choruses, steady heavy mid-tempo riffs and glorious vocals. Lyrics are also very interesting telling stories about heroes, kings and medievial battles. All compositions are unique and I consider some of the riffs very scarry and bombastic. Luni (7th track) is the ultimate doom hymn in this album. I also love Once Glorious (8th track) intro. I find it very emotional and melodic. Needless to say that no track can be left behind. Death Of Ferdia and The Great Horn are some of my favorites
If you have already liked some of the past albums by Doomsword, this one will not let you down. Many people consider Resound The Horn and Let Battle Commence superior to this one. I must admit that I agree. But there is no way that you will turn your back on this album. The previous albums were 100% doom, or I must say mournful epic doom. My Name Will Live has the same style but with some power/heavy metal blasts here and there (Steel Of My Axe, Days Of High Adventure).
Expole this album. It will take you to an adveturous journey. And do not forget to read the lyrics when listening.
The production of this album is clean and exactly what one would want in an epic album, thick guitars, yet keeping the vocals high in the mix. The vocalist shines in this album; He’s lost his Hansi Kürsch sound, and replaced it with more of the strained epic Italian vocals. Every lyric is sung with oozing emotion, over top riffs to compliment the vocals and set an epic battlefield. The album does have a slow tempo at times, it doesn’t have doom riffing nor the usual Viking metal sound. The slow paced epic riffs that evolve into a speed up at the perfect times make this a great album.
From the start of the album DoomSword shows the theme of this specific album, which is Viking. Though the songs are mostly epic battles, never does the album become dull and focus on how epic they can make the music nor do they need huge hooks in each song for one to become intrigued. The album starts with a warrior conquering various lands in the name of his gods. The music follows along the lyrics and sets the mood perfectly. When reading along to the music through the ups and downs of our hero, the music becomes more epic in the battle scenes, and gradually builds up through other parts. The progress of all the battles throughout the album creates tension for the epic monster of a The Great Horn, where the tension is released, and the hero calls upon all of his warriors take back their land.
This should not be listened song by song, but should be listened as an entire album. Nothing cheesy nor over the top, which continues the legacy of DoomSword, and keeping true to metal.
People who know me and/or my tastes in music know how I hate all the national anthemesque cheesy epic power metal. I pretty much swore off all the Helloween clones a few years ago and laughed off clowns like Dragonforce and their antics. Hell, I also warned this friend that Nocturnal Rites is a mediocre power metal band (but he still bought that new CD thinking it was Ancient Rites. pfft). I still enjoy my odd power metal releases once in a while. For example, I like Firewind mainly for the guitarist Gus G who is easily one of the few guitar heroes in recent times, though it can be argued that they're not really all that national anthem all the time.
That said, I really like Doomsword. For starters, they don't play the same flavour of Power Metal as described above. Think of these guys as Manowar meets Candlemass.
"My Name Will Live On" is their third album and it comes much anticipated, at least personally. Anticipated, obviously because I loved the previous two albums and thought it was finally how I liked my battle themed power metal served. It was dark, doomy, down-tuned and epic - all at the same time - to achieve what was a unique sound in metal by all means. With this instalment, Doomsword bring more of the same to the table. Maybe a little more Viking, folk and epic than before but it's definitely deliciously good. How they carry a simple riff/melody/chorus idea of the opening track "Death of Ferdia" all the way to seven odd minutes with cool solos and subtle changes galore is what impresses me about this band. The rest of the album is just a galloping metal ride. "Thundercult" is their definitive song on all counts. Powerful and epic vocals, great fist-thumping riffs and loads of really good melodies and guitar solos. Can't ask for more from a song and the album as a whole. Good album from a great band.
It has taken four tremendous long years for DoomSword to bring their new album out. Four years of waiting, longing, yearning and hoping, and finally all the patience gets rewarded. Actually, 'rewarded' is the least you can say about "My Name Will Live On", 'cause DoomSword has done it again: epic doom straight from the heart!
When I got this promo, my heart was beating in my throat, the sweat was dripping of my head and my hands were shaking like an eighty-year-old. I putted the cd into my stereo and turned the volume extra high, so I was capable of enjoying this album in all its glory. The first song begins to play and immediately I get sucked into the whole concept of their latest album. The low vocals of Deathmaster overwhelm my body with ghoosebumps, the hair in my neck goes standing and the epic feeling I experience is not possible to explain in words. A bit in contrast with their older albums the true slowness you expect from doom, isn't to be found at first, but yet, their sound ain't power nor heavy metal either. This is the modern day Cirith Ungol with an even more unique sound. After listening to this album over and over again, it strikes me that I haven't been listening to their first three masterworks for a while. So I get the rest of their collection and play them one by one. Like I said, the first thing I notice is that the latest album is played a bit faster over all, wheredue it gets a bit less doomy and a bit more epic. The heavy doom-tunes like in "The Doomsword" and "Deathbringer" are a bit softened and exchanged for more epic tunes like in "Luni" for example. In not any way this is a bad thing, as you can feel the DoomSword power still overruling the entire album - it's just a bit less heavily bombastic. My favorite song on the album is the longest one, "Once Glorious", probably 'cause it's the most epic one to me. I cannot wait to see this live. What has not changed, are the vocals. The desperate sounding, though powerful and angry voice of Deathmaster makes DoomSword to what they represent. Anyway, this album is certainly one of the best things that came out these last months, but it isn't their best work so far. It was worth looking forward to, and it has pleased all of my expectations, but their older work is just to close to my heart to get exceeded by their latest.
In any case, this album is a must for all DoomSword fans, all traditional doom and epic fans, but also for heavy and power fans who can take it a bit slower. DoomSword will prevail!