|Review: Martin Simson's Destroyer of Death - Eternal Reign|
Year released: 2023
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 4, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
Bassist Martin Simson is a new face in the metal scene who has enlisted the help of some well-known musicians for the creation of his debut album, Eternal Reign, released under Martin Simson's Destroyer of Death. He secured the services of powerhouse vocalist Rob Rock to sing on the majority of the album's 11 tracks, with Jørn Lande chipping in on two, and that should give you a good sense of the melodic metal style the album features. Guitarist CJ Grimmark from Narnia and Rob Rock's band, among others, and drummer Anders Köllerfors round out the crew. Musically, Eternal Reign is full of slick, smooth, and catchy tunes, the kind '80s groups like Dokken and Queensrÿche (from Empire on) pioneered and bands like Masterplan and Jørn have traded in more recently. If you are looking for gritty, rough and tumble music, look elsewhere, but if you like things glossy and pitch-perfect, stick around. Songs like "Holy Ground," "Master of All," and "Dragon Defeated" are quite catchy and the guitar work of Grimmark is a treat for anyone raised on all those neo-classical technicians from the '80s. The lyrics seem Christian-forward and kind of bland, which is the big knock on an otherwise listenable album. As I mentioned earlier, if your tastes run at all to the harsher or heavier end of the spectrum, don't bother with Eternal Reign, but if you like Masterplan, Rob Rock, Jørn, etc., you should find something here to your liking.
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