|Review: Guardians of Time - Tearing Up the World|
|Tearing Up the World|
Label: Rock of Angels Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: November 6, 2018
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
for:Tearing Up the World
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Power Metal needs POWER (yes, all caps). Guardians of Time, Norwegian veterans in the scene, understand that better than most and have been crushing bones since their awesome debut Edge of Tomorrow back in 2001. Counting on Bernt Fjellestad's reliable and singular voice, the band sets the bar high once again with their fifth album. It has a slow start with the title track, and a special appearance by Abbath gives the song a rather strange feel (but a good one. It's Abbath dude, it can't go wrong, come on), but by the time songs like "Burning of Rome" or "Valhalla Awaits" kick in, you're already sold by the attractive world of pompous lyrics, bombastic instrumental and guitar-driven badassery.
There's a charming heterogeneous nature to each song here, and while the album is led almost in its entirety by Paul Olsen's guitar work, there's enough space for every member to shine. Some heavier, some happier, the tracks are all good or better than good, and even the choice of vocal lines in "As I Burn"—which features Tim "Ripper" Owens—won't bother you; in fact, the powerful aura and the fierce playing smother the less interesting parts.
Nitro-fueled, hard-hitting Power Metal is what you'll find in Tearing Up the World. Guardians of Time have been releasing quality content for a while now and their brand of guitar-driven Power Metal will most definitely please those who look for a manlier approach to the genre, in the vein of Judicator, Iron Savior and Stormwarrior. Highly recommended.
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