RAISING FEAR - AVALON - DRAGONHEART
More Italian heavy metal? Sure, why not. This is actually good. Raising Fear adds next to nothing new to the grand realm of heavy metal, although why would they? This is good metal and has both a powerful and serious singer at times. The nasal female backing vocals are a disappointment however. The music is slightly too melodic and the dynamics not as hard or varied as one would love, but that is fine given how catchy this whole thing is. Aggressive moments are also present.
The better songs here might be the title track, which comes in the middle of the album and the outright impressive The Priestess’ Speech. Given these and titles like At The Gates Of Avalon, Blood And Blade and Once A Future King Avalon (the burial place of King Arthur) might be a concept album. If so, a more interesting cover would have been in place than the wood panel with the Led Zeppelin symbol.
Names like Iced Earth, Jag Panzer and of course Iron Maiden come to mind when listening to Raising Fear (not to mention Armored Saint). The big Iron Maiden moment comes on the aforementioned title track, which goes on for no less than 13:50 minutes. Leather and long hairs in metal. What else do you want? - Sheila Wes Det