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Review: Grimgotts - Lions of the Sea
Lions of the Sea

Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 41:33
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: February 18, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Lions of the Sea

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Lions of the Sea is the debut from this British band that takes their name from the Harry Potter series of books though uses a different spelling, presumably to avoid getting their asses sued. Power metal of the flowery, keyboard-driven stripe is what these guys are peddling but instead of songs about the wizarding world of Harry Potter, they seem to be more in the high seas mold of Alestorm complete with squeeze-box melodies. I like "flower" metal as much as the next guy (OK, more) and when Grimgotts cranks up the double-kick drums on "Find Your Way" I'm transported back to first hearing Ecliptica or Theater of Salvation. Unfortunately, the rest of Lions of the Sea is mid-paced capering and the squeeze-box keyboards so ubiquitous, I want to shut the album off. The singer (or singers, it sounds like there might be two) aren't particularly good, either. Grimgotts have a couple of good ideas but not nearly enough to cover the 10 songs on Lions of the Sea and the album becomes a real chore by the end. A band that could be better.

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