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01. Into Eternity | 02. Phoenix Arise | 03. Unity | 04. Let Me Die | 05. Slaves In A Holy War | 06. Chains Of Blood | 07. For The Glory | 08. Gladiator's Tale | 09. Warrior Of Steel | 10. Born Out Of Despair | 11. King Of The Sky | 12. Farewell

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Gladiator’s Tale | Released January 25th, 2014 on Sliptrick Records

Track Listing:
01. Into Eternity | 02. Phoenix Arise | 03. Unity | 04. Let Me Die | 05. Slaves In A Holy War | 06. Chains Of Blood | 07. For The Glory | 08. Gladiator’s Tale | 09. Warrior Of Steel | 10. Born Out Of Despair | 11. King Of The Sky | 12. Farewell

Veonity are:
Anders Sköld – Vocals/Guitar | Samuel Lundström – Guitar | Joel Kollberg – Drums | Kristoffer Lidre – Bass

Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube

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Gladiator’s Tale

  1. hells_unicorn (verified owner)

    The image of a musclebound hulk of a gladiator laying waste upon the great city of Rome is perhaps one most befitting a more primitive and heavy-hitting mode of power metal typical to the likes of Manowar or Grave Digger, and there is definitely precedent for a similar sound aesthetic being incorporated to similar effect among recent Swedish outfits like Hammerfall and The Storyteller. Nevertheless, there is definitely room for a degree of nuance in musical style within this mode of storytelling, and it comes in a younger Swedish outfit in Veonity and a rather impressive debut concept album Gladiator’s Tale. The tale itself is naturally far from original, and the accompanying sound definitely draws heavily from the Hammerfall department at times, but this band manages to find itself in a uniquely fresh and inspiring position by virtue of extremely competent execution and a few points of ingenuity to set them apart from the pack.

    Though possessed of a fairly traditional heavy metal root, this particular excursion into the world of blood-steeped arenas and battlefields definitely brings the melody and speed metal goods in a manner reminiscent of 90s Nocturnal Rites, but with a good bit more grit. This is perhaps best illustrated in the technical guitar display out of Anders Sköld and Samuel Lundström, both of whom roll out an impressive array of lead guitar riffs and shred-happy solos that are a bit flashier than what comes on a typical Hammerfall offering, and provide a sort of virtuoso contrast to the powerful and slightly gravely vocal job of Marcus Brander de Silva, who has a sort of classic NWOBHM type swagger to his voice that gels nicely with the surrounding music and deep gang/backing vocals. But it’s definitely a total package as the rhythm section exhibits great power and precision at a variety of tempos and feels, from the slow marching grandeur of “Born Out Of Despair” to the cruising speed and majesty of “Slaves In A Holy War”.

    Interestingly enough though, despite the intricacies existing between the principle musicians in this band, the deal on this album is primarily sealed through all-around good songwriting and a few auspicious guest vocal slots. Songs such as “Phoenix Arise” and “King Of The Sky” primarily function based on a strong sense of melodic familiarity, codified with effective choruses that reflect the triumphant character of the style and come off as massive enough to plow over the listener in one passing. This infectiously catchy demeanor is taken a step further with a brilliant guest vocal display on “Let Me Die” out of Lancer’s front man Isak Stenvall, which plays well with the upper-mid paced grooving feel of the song and effectively finds the band giving their own effective answer to Helloween’s “I Want Out”. The coup de grace, however, comes with “For The Glory”, which sees a solid take on Hammerfall’s version of blazing speed jazzed up with a slight Freedom Call feel thanks to Reinxeed’s Tommy Johansson vocal contributions, though de Silva also gets into it with a few well placed Udo shrieks here and there.

    The flaws are few on this album, in fact, apart from the lone piano driven power ballad “Warrior Of Steel”, which tries a bit too hard for that Manowar ballad effect and comes off as out of place and contrived, this is an album that forbids the concept of skipping around. It’s always refreshing to see a band all but come out of nowhere and hit the mark on their first attempt, and this is about as close as it gets to hitting pay dirty on the first strike. The production is slick and pristine enough to embody the highly accessible if perhaps somewhat commercial character of Hammerfall’s Renegade, but the songwriting and energy definitely points back to where said band was on Legacy Of Kings. With a bloody sword held high, it’s not terribly difficult to see how the entire Roman Empire would have struggled to stand against something this formidable.

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