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Released: 2016, Pitch Black
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Marauder comes out from Greece, sharing many of the epic tributaries that flow toward the eventual goal of anthemic heavy metal done safe and done right, while still sounding somewhat modern. They deliver the goods for almost 30 years. They are the most anticipated epic/power band of Greece !
After their formation, 10 years needed to pass, when 1821 got released. That was the album that made them Titans and the godfather of epic metal in Greece. After 1821, Marauder has perfected their sound and their tracks were no longer immature, but well-played and composed with the appropriate attention.
What’s most striking about “Bullethead” is the immediate memorability of the music. There is a familiarity that threads throughout the album’s cuts that is irresistible. Overpowering melodies accompany superb songcrafting during “Predators” or “The Fall”, a cut which updates NWOBHM type, twin guitar harmonies with a distinctly foreboding charisma. The chaotically urgent riffing of Tsaousis/Sofronas creates a massive landscape of steely metal aggression as Nikos Antonoyiannakis unloads with a massive vocal presence.
Although Μarauder has done much to evolve their sound in the atmospheric department, they have obviously not forgotten their roots as this album is still a relentless assault of fast paced songs. This is definitely one of Marauder’s finer works, as they have started to experiment a bit with some textural devices. I can recommend this album very strongly to fans of later Judas Priest, Sabaton, Grave Digger, fans of bands influenced by them such as Gamma Ray and Iron Savior, and to any fan of power metal that isn’t addicted to the keyboard shredding character of the Stratovarius wing. They are not geared towards the progressive scene, nor are they rough edged enough to appeal to fans of thrash, but I think that non-purist fans of the NWOBHM might want to give these guys a chance.
Marauder are f*****g reliable. We can always count on them to deliver quick and scrumptious delights and if that aint enough for you then I suggest you tread elsewhere. Power metal is a vast landscape after all.
1. Son of Thunder
2. Metal Warriors
3. Spread Your Wings
4. Tooth n Nail
5. Dark Legion
7. The Fall
8. Echoes in the Dark
10. Set Me Free
Nick ( Mygas ) Antonogiannakis - Vocals
Andreas Tsaousis - Guitar
George Sofronas - Guitar
Thodoris Paralis – Bass
Gregory Vlachos – Drums
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