First, this album came to me just one day after israel attacked Gaza in December, 2008. The classic instruments sound great and have different skills to offer. Underground scenes produced an array of more extreme, aggressive styles: thrash metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, while other styles like death metal and black metal remain subcultural phenomena. Haggard also features Special Appearences by Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek and Jason Ellis. In every transition piece the string section serves critical role.
Originality dropped quite subsequently, I'm afraid. It blew me away at first spin because the nuance that this concept album creates is in away similar with what happen in Gaza. The thing that makes Bear Family's a little difficult to listen to for pleasure is the very reason it's necessary for serious fans and collectors: Over the course of five discs, it contains all of the Capitol recordings plus his early work for Talley between 1962 and 1968, including alternate takes and unreleased cuts. The other epic songs are all better and even great. The string section serves as main component of this song even though the music has heavy guitar riffs as well.
Scattered campfires flicker on 3000 mighty warriors who sharpen their swords and axes, never knowing ïf they won't return. They've done this in fact since they've been asked by airplay stations if they would have a shorter track to serve as an introduction to their music. The male clean vocal inserted somewhere in this track is also terrific even though it's just a filler. Death metal with some references to the band Death and with some guitar parts with pretty standard black metal tremelo picking. The result is truly an excellent music composition combining great choirs, growling vocal plus metal music and string arrangements.
It's probably the longest that I have ever written for any music review. This is a bonanza, since from the outset, was one of the most reliable of all country singers, turning out consistently enjoyable work due to his terrific ear for material and excellent songwriting and performances. Maybe they can be talked into a Breed Two. Same proportion is reached between aerial even if at times theatrical vocals and growling. The classic instruments as well as the different female and male vocalists in soprano and tenor probably get more space to express themselves than ever before.
Well, even though the story of Ithiria is actually fictious, but the nuance created fits the situation of Gaza, really. This album is a must for your collection. The blend of power metal and classical music is really nice here. The situation I experienced was in sad mood watching news on television and newspapers that many civil people, especially women and children were killed by tanks, apache and rockets. In fact the string section has successfully demonstrated the ability to do riffs that usually delivered with electric guitar. This album really has a soul and is well thought out. The choirs flow beautifully in an inspiring mood.
Upon Fallen Autumn Leaves 6:38 starts nicely with a classical music intro, similar with what Rhapsody of Fire has ever made. Six tracks out of twelve lasts for less than two minutes and are quite useless. But with this one by Haggard, I think most people would love the growling vocal style offered here: it's heavy, pretty clear and so powerful! To me it transcends the situation in Gaza perfectly where young men were permitted by their mother to defense for their Gaza land expecting the highest return if they die as syuhada seek the blessing of Allah The Merciful due to the jihad they have made. And the most beautiful segment is the subtleties produced by organ sound at minute 4:00 when the lyric says That saved you from the dark. The female vocal also delivers in its best high register notes followed with string section maneuver that indicates the return of the music to power metal scene again.
What can I say more about this album. I can say that this track is really a msterpiece and it isnpires the next album of tales of Itheria where the composition is quite similar with it. There are such opposite genres featured in this album that one really needs to be open minded and quite ready to receive this album as it is: almost classical and pastoral to heavy metal with some growling as well! Posted Sunday, February 15, 2009 Review 202842 After a break of four years and a successful South-America tour Haggard released their third full-length studio album. Obviously he likes a lot this song which has been arranged already by several bands but in his view never in the right way. Be careful of what you download or face the consequences. Again, this narration is great and it guides us to the stage where by the time arriving at his farmhouse, he saw his father's lifeless body pinned to the front door by two arrows.
No human being will accept the situation, I am pretty sure about it. Like many Bear Family boxes or at least their sets from the '80s through the mid-'90s , this places chronological order before listenability, as it presents everything in session order -- which means that the alternate takes and false starts slow the momentum of the sessions. Extra credit has to be granted to the ethereal and enchanting female vocals that enhance the quality of this release. Now, this all sounds quite negative but we are talking about details. And until now when I am writing what it's gonna be a long, novel-like, review I have never been or will never be bored with the music offered by this wonderfully-crafted album.
Some good old Sabbath doom is even featured in this daunting song! The whole group is kept together by mastermind Asis Nasseri who is of Afghan and German descent and who plays guitars and some percussions and who also does some growls. This album is a fine reconciliation with their great debut. Male and female vocalist work very professionalt, no matter if they perform solos or are combined in epic choirs. I don't really speak Spanish but I have been a couple of times in Spain and I have also met people from Latin America to have the impression that her pronounciation sounds quite weird. The death or heavy metal parts have therefor decreased. Let's hope that they'll wake up in future albums. The whole band is probably only comparable to the concept of Therion with the difference that Haggard have a more folk and also opera orientated feeling instead of a strong classic and symphonic side in Therion.