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Review: Tower of Stone - Heart of a Viking
Tower of Stone
Heart of a Viking

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 36:14
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: May 16, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Heart of a Viking

Rated 2.6/5 (52%) (5 Votes)

Tower of Stone appears to be more of a project than a proper band, being the work of Swedish bassist Egon Lundberg and a host of guests. This is the fourth demo by the band in five years, and it has that extreme DIY look to it: clipart cover, iffy photoshop and all. The recording is so-so - a little thin and trebly for my taste, but not too bad. This is essentially Heavy Metal with folkish overtones, some of it more folky than other parts, and so the whole has a kind of disjointed quality. Some of the tunes are pretty good, but none of them are great. I can't really tell if he is going for an epic feeling or what, as some of this is faster and heavier like Wizard or something, while some is keyboard-heavy stuff that reminds me of Battlelore. The first three tracks feature a solid guest singer, while the rest have Lundberg doing his own singing, and he's not that great. Some good riffs pop up here and there, as on "God of Thunder", but overall this fails to create a real mood or feel, and won't linger after it's over.

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