Vhäldemar - Straight To Hell (Japan Edition) (2020)

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Vhäldemar - Straight To Hell (Japan Edition) (2020)

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Vhäldemar - Straight To Hell (Japan Edition) (2020)

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Year : 2020 (Japan Edition)
Style : Melodic Power Metal , Traditional Heavy Metal
Country : Spain
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 114 mb


Bio:

VHÄLDEMAR is a Spanish Metal band formed in the late 90’s in Vizcaya (Spain), when guitarrist Pedro J. Monge decided to create a group with the singer and guitarrist Carlos Escudero.In 2001 they released their first demo an it brought them a record deal with Arise Records with whom they launched their debut album “Fight to the End” in March 2002 and was released throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, south and North America.In late 2003, VHÄLDEMAR releases its second album “I Made my Own Hell” again on Arise Records.In 2007 they headlined in the Bilbao BBK Live Festival and the band released its third album “Metal of the World”.In August 2012 the band played at Leyendas del Rock Festival and also at Ripollet Rock Festival.In May 2013 the band releases their fourth album “Shadows of Combat”.In 2017 VHÄLDEMAR inks a deal with Fighter Records for a multi-album deal which includes the re-issue of their two first albums "Fight to the End" ('02) y "I Made my Own Hell" ('03) to be released on 21st April 2017 on a double-CD with 5 bonus and remastered sound.A 5-song digipack EP entitled “Old King’s Visions” will be released in May 4th and their brand new 5th opus "Against All Kings" is expected for next October 2017.VHÄLDEMAR is also scheduled to play at Leyendas del Rock Festival next August alongside with bands like Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy...

Album:

Maybe it’s the cheesy theatrics, the lack of grit, or just good old “not my cup of tea”, but I don’t like power metal. Or so I thought, until this years Ross The Boss record Born of Fire swept me off my feet with awesome riffing, just enough cheese to be epic, yet enough grit to be heavy. Maybe with age comes softness (or wisdom?), and I let myself find enjoyment on the edges of this scary realm that is power metal land? Why do I bring this up here? It’s because I picked Vhäldemar’s new release Straight To Hell from the promo list due to the fact that their single Afterlife reminded me a lot of Ross The Boss. Now that I have the full record here for review, this impression is reinforced quite a bit.Let’s take a step back. Vhäldemar are from Barakaldo in beautiful Basque Country, and they have been around since 1999. I have not come across them before, probably due to my aforementioned aversion to the word power in connection with anything metal. Straight To Hell is their sixth full length, and I am glad I gave it a shot. With only 36 minutes over 9 songs it is not overly long, but the average run time of 4 minutes per song fits to the snappy heavy metal anthems that populate this album. The instrumental work here is pretty much flawless. The riffing can be fast and frantic like on album opener My Spirit, but often settles into a more pushing and heavy, slowed down tempo like on Death to the Wizard. The solos, whether delivered by guitar or keyboard (or most often both), are always a beautiful blend of shredding virtuosity and melodic awesomeness, and put a big fat grin on my face. This is the kind of stuff that makes a teenager want to pick up a guitar and start a band.The biggest asset from my point of view is Carlos Escudero on vocals though. So often power metal vocalists, while skilled without end, just fail to engage me in the epic stories they tell, as they lack grit and character. Not Mr. Escudero though. With a voice that can both deliver sandpaper-like roughness and high-pitched yells, he delivers one epic chorus after the other that makes me want to ride into battle next to him with my breast swelled with pride and my axe held high. I also admire that after more than 20 years into the existence of the band, they have not gone soft at all. There’s nothing on this record that could really be titled a “ballad”, the only thing coming close is the slowest and most epic track When it’s all over, but even here there is power and energy.So here it is, I officially like a power metal record. A lot. If you like guitars, riffs, epicness, metal… you should definitely check out Vhäldemar’s Straight To Hell.

Line Up:

Carlos Escudero - Guitars (rhythm) (1999-2010), Vocals (lead) (1999-present) - See also: ex-Ruptura
Pedro J. Monge - Guitars, Keyboards (1999-present) - See also: Southern Skies
Raúl Serrano - Bass
Jonkol Tera - Keyboards - See also: Incursed, Orion Child, ex-Under Silence
Jandro - Drums (2017-present) - See also: Orion Child

Tracklist:

01. My Spirit (03:53)
02. Death to the Wizard (03:23)
03. Afterlife (03:47)
04. Straight to Hell (03:19)
05. Old King's Visions (VI) (04:46)
06. Fear (05:31)
07. Hell Is on Fire (03:31)
08. When It's All Over (04:24)
09. Damnation's Here (03:50)
11. Warriors (Japan Bonus Track)
12. King Of The Night (Japan Bonus Track)


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