Greek heavy metal band Battleroar was formed in September of 2002. To prove its allegiances the band took its name from the Heavy Load song Singing Swords. After several live shows, including a concert with Brocas Helm, the band recorded a five-song promo. The band recorded a 7" in March, 2002. After two shows with Omen the band's singer and bassist left. The band's next bassist was Kostas Makrikostas of Spitfire, Casus Belli and Airged L'amh. An Italian singer, Marco Concoreggi, was also drafted. This line-up recorded the band's debut. The band signed to Black Lotus in September, 2004 and began working on a new album. Age Of Chaos was issued in late 2005. With that label going broke the band reappeared on Cruz Del Sur with a new record and a new bassist in 2008. Battleroar parted ways with singer Marco Concoreggi due to the famous "personal reasons" in the summer of 2009 and replaced him with John Papanikolaou. In 2013, Battleroar was at the Devasoundz Studio in Athens recording a new album, Blood Of Legends, for an April 2014 release through Cruz Del Sur Music. Only guitarist Kostas and drummer Nick had survived. Battleroar released Codex Epicus through Cruz Del Sur Music in June.
BATTLEROAR - AGE OF CHAOS - BLACK LOTUS
Running at almost an hour the Greeks’ second album starts of with an all-acoustic track The Wanderer that not only in title but mood reminds one of, a poorer version of Sabbat. It apparently features narration by Mark Shelton of Manilla Road, a band that happens to be cited as an influence. Roaring epic-like vocals and production that is neither modern nor sophisticated are the main features of Age Of Chaos. The same can be said of the songs and arrangements, which would have gone over well in 1985. Siegecraft, Narsil (Reforge The Steel) and Sword Of Crom all fit the cover art theme well which, not surprisingly, features war imagery. Tower Of The Elephant, once again, reminds one of Sabbat in it acoustic passages. Battleroar don’t offer much to make Age Of Chaos exciting or new but there is enough here for fans of power metal. Listen for the Iron Maiden inspired guitar intro on Sword Of Crom. - Anna Tergel
BATTLEROAR - TO DEATH AND BEYOND - CRUZ DEL SUR
Nine songs running at almost one hour, war (or is it Lord Of The Rings?) imagery on the cover, name containing 'battle', album title alluding to a war theme. Yes Battleroar continues to push the and aim for the epic metal spoils. The eight-minute opener The Wrathforge does a good job maintaining heaviness in the midst of sometimes Manowar sounding war hymns. The shorter Dragonhelm has a mostly faster pace and continues to carry the theme aided by the vocals of Congoreggi, screams of Dragonhelm and a heavy metal solo. Finis Mundi is a mood setter of sorts and it is exactly what is expected. Acoustic segments, doomy segments, and a few non-metal extras packed in a nine minutes song. Metal From Hellas, leaves no doubt as to the band’s origin. Hyrkanian Blades has an interesting, driving start and is generally catchy without sacrificing the Iron Maiden-esque metal. The 10-minute Oceans Of Pain starts off speedy epic/power metal like and predictably goes into the acoustic while delving in some traditional sounds. Born In The '70s is a power metal anthem. Warlord Of Mars is epic and Iron Maiden infused Manowar. Death Before Disgrace is again the Manowar and of course the honour theme is the centerpiece. Some pure heavy metal moments make To Death And Beyond a solid release. - Anna Tergel