ROSAE CRUCIS - FEDE POTERE VENDETTA - OVERLORD EDITION - JOLLY ROGER
These Italian heavy metal mavens have apparently re-issued this album in English a year following the initial release in their native tongue. The material stems from a 1997 demo, but is now recorded for this release and Jolly Roger.
The cover artwork and the members’ photographs leave no doubt where the band’s head and heart is at, namely pure glorious heavy metal. The material is solid and workmanlike, but leaves some to be desired. The band is obviously influenced by Manowar and Hammerfall, but the music is nowhere as bad as the former or as good as the latter. The album benefits from good guitar work which occasionally means frenzied soloing. Thankfully, unlike Manowar, the disc features actual music, although for a while one would doubt that since it is not until track three, that things get going. The Manofallers have enough material to justify moving forward, but need a better sound and more action to elevate themselves. - Ali “The Metallian”