|Review: Wrathblade - God of the Deep Unleashed|
|God of the Deep Unleashed|
Label: Eat Metal Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 24, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:God of the Deep Unleashed
Rated 4.21/5 (84.21%) (19 Votes)
I really liked this band's debut album from 2012, but I was not prepared for how much better they have gotten. My affection for Hellenic True Metal is well known, and so another band in the vein of Battleroar or Doomsword is always a good thing in my book. Wrathblade have really dialed things up and produced an out-and-out classic with their second album, God of the Deep Unleashed.
The riffs on this thing are just spectacular. It's not as easy as you'd think to crank out classic-sounding, fist-pounding metal riffs that retain that rolling, epic quality. And even if the riffs are good, you have to write songs that do them justice. Wrathblade have just done this really well, and this album is just one air-guitar moment after another. I have said that this kind of metal is the hardest to write because there are no gimmicks to hide behind – you just have to write good songs and play them well. Singer Nick Varsamis has also really stepped up his game, and whereas last time out he sounded a bit too much like Slough Feg's Mike Scalzi, he has really found his own sound.
Album high points like "No Dole for the Blest", "Valiancy, Virtue. Victory", and the epic closer "Submersion" are just about as good as epic metal gets, with headbanging riffs, haunting vocal lines, and satisfying songwriting that is neither too simple nor too complex, but a perfect balance. Really, though, there are no dead spots or bad songs on this album. A stellar follow-up to their great debut.
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