Northe' is the third album from German power-metallers Stormwarrior and
here they continue along the same Helloween-worshipping path as their
previous efforts 'Stormwarrior' and 'Northern Rage'. With song titles
like 'And The Horde Calleth For Oden', 'Into The Battle', 'And The
Valkyries Ride' and a viking longboat on the front cover, you pretty
much know what you’re going to get and Stormwarrior don’t
Tracks – ‘Heading
Northe’, ‘Lion Of The Northe’.
The album starts with a classic power metal call to arms in the form of
the title track and follows on in much the same vein with ‘Metal
Legacy’ and the seven minute mini-epic ‘The Holy Cross’.
This continues throughout the whole album with only ‘The
Revenge Of Asa Lande’ slowing the pace down yet still being just as
anthemic as any of the other songs.
And here lies Stormwarrior’s strength – they know how to write a big
sing-along anthem or two and they indulge this talent at every available
opportunity. You won’t find any acoustic ballads on their records and
they wouldn’t have it any other way. Everything is played at breakneck
speed, the guitar solos are blistering and the vocals just beg you to
raise a tankard of ale and sing-along as loud as you can – in other
words, everything you want from a decent power metal band. With a big
nod to their heroes Helloween (singer Lars Ramcke sounds more than just
a little like Kai Hansen here) Stormwarrior know that they’re not
re-inventing the wheel here and nor do they need to.
This is power metal at it’s unashamed grandest. Sure it’s not that
original but who cares when the songs make you want to get drunk, sing
at the top of your voice and air-guitar like a complete loon? This is
worthy of any power metal fan looking to expand their collection –
by: Adam G