Title: Will To PowerLabel: Mausoleum Records
2010 Dutch Heavy Metallers Lord Volture set about bringing
back the spirit of true Heavy Metal with their debut album
‘Beast Of Thunder, which was quickly followed in 2011 with
the sophomore release 'Never Cry Wolf'. A release that
quickly cemented the band's solid reputation on the touring
circuit, with slots to tour with the likes of Primal Fear,
Firewind, Tim Ripper Owens, Blaze Bayley and more.
in 2014 the band are about to release the 3rd
album ‘Will To Power’, the first through Mausoleum
Records, and again the band wear their influences on their
sleeves with this new album. Led by the vocal might of
David Marcelis who is joined by the twin guitar assault of
Paul Marcelis and Leon Hermans, the powerhouse rhythm
section of Simon Geurts on bass and Frank Wintermans on
drums, this quartet are once more bringing their power
infused metal to the masses.
album opens up with ‘Where The Enemy Sleep’ and you can
almost smell the denim and leather as the guitars and drums
and big bass lines lead the way for the mighty Marcelis to
unleash all his vocal power. Instantly you're thrown
into the world of Iced Earth and Priest. This old
school metal at its modern best. This no frills all
riffs Heavy Metal is continued with the excellent ‘Taklamakan’, a song that has that 'Powerslave' Maiden era
about it, with the twin guitar assault really driving this
one to the edge of oblivion and back.
a touch of the NWOBHM about the rocking ‘The Pugilist’,
before the power driven metal continues on the title track
‘Will To Power’, with the rhythm section of Geurt and
Wintermans really earning their monies on this one, as they
deliver a backbeat thunder worthy of Thor himself.
Laying down the foundations for another lick laden assault,
all capped by another monster vocal.
heads down, raise your horns in the air metal all the way
with the rip snorting ‘My Sworn Enemy’, before the epic
melodic metal that is ‘The Great Blinding’.
Another song coming back to the Iced Earth style of soaring
thrown a slight curve ball with in the opening moments ‘Omertà’,
you're drawn into thinking this is going to be some sort of
ballad, but fear not, this is just the intro, as it's all
systems go once again as the guitarist’s break free and
unleash some of biggest riffs of the album on this one.
back to the more melodic metal side of things with the
wonderful ‘Badajoz (1812)’, which tells the story of the
siege of in 1812, as the Anglo-Portuguese Army under General
A Wallasley, besieged the Spanish City of Badajoz during the
The album closes in style with another heads down slice of old school Heavy Metal in ‘Line ‘em Up’ and closes off another fantastic album from these Dutchmen. When Metal-heads wear the emblems of the their favourite bands on the denim jackets, Lord Volture go on step further and wear them on their hearts, and in their music, and long may it continue.
Review by: Barry McMinn
The Enemy Sleep
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