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Review: Tierra Santa - Tierras de Leyenda
Tierra Santa
Tierras de Leyenda

Label: Locomotive Music
Year released: 2000
Duration: 43:06
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: December 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Tierras de Leyenda

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Tierras de Leyenda is the third album from Spain's metallers Tierra Santa. I have listened to their two previous records when they were searching for a certain sound but more importantly, for an identity. Previously, they were worshipping Iron Maiden but also having influences from various bands. But here they transformed themselves into a full-blown Hispanic version of Maiden, although in all fairness the Brits didn't make an album a tenth this good during the 90's or during the next decade for that matter.

Before I review this album, I have to say this, Tierras de Leyenda is a million times better than their second album Legendario. The reason is simple, the band have improved by leaps and bounds. The songs are catchier, the guitar tone is more powerful, their playing ability is tighter and the growth is noticeable. The record starts out with the intro "La Tormenta" then break into the title track, perfectly previewing what's next to come. And what an awesome collection of tracks we have here, you name it they are all very good but special mention should go to "Sodoma y Gomorra" and the fucking addictive "La Caja de Pandora".

If you have been following Tierra Santa then you know that their lyrics are in Spanish and as with all their albums they sing about mythology and folk tales. It is a great benefit to know the language because these are fantastic lyrics, though if you don't understand a single word, you'll still be remembering the melodies for some time. Another aspect that I loved about this record is the production; it is crystal clear and you can hear every instrument breathe and given room to shine (especially the guitars and the bass). In other words, perfect for this kind of metal, one of the best recording jobs I've heard so far.

The only thing that I found slightly wrong with here is that "La Momia" is just too long of an intro and "Una Juventud Perdida" breaks the pace and is a little too long for its own good. Not a bad track but I felt like it could have been better. Other than that, I have nothing but great things to say about this. Tierras de Leyenda is a full metal assault, I frankly consider this the album that Maiden should have made after Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, it's that good. Absolutely recommended.

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