Grand Magus
The Hunt

01. Starlight Slaughter
02. Sword Of The Ocean
03. Valhalla Rising
04. Storm King
05. Silver Moon
06. The Hunt
07. Son Of The Last Breath
08. Iron Hand
09. Draksådd

JB – Vocals, guitar
Fox – Bass
Ludwig – Drums

Grand Magus (2001)
Monument (2003)
Wolf's Return (2005)
Iron Will (2008)
Hammer of the North (2010)


Produced by Nico Elgstrand

Released 25/5-2012
Reviewed 6/6-2012

nuclear blast

A magus of a grande stature is what we are dealing with here, a Swedish trio releasing their first album on the Nuclear Blast label. It may be their first on Nuclear Blast but it is their sixth album in total and the first one that I really get to know. The label calls them riff masters but the biography and information about the album is filled with absolutely nothing that interest me, I wonder why most press info has to be so dull. If the band are as dull as they are described and as they seem by reading the information their music must be amongst the most boring that has been made. Fortunately I do not really care about that and it is the music that matters and for that I have played through this album a dozen times before writing this review.

Musically I would say that they are inspired by rock music of the seventies but with a few touches of modernity. The production makes it sound a bit like a modern version of the seventies hardrock with a slightly heavier touch I think if you are a person who likes to compare I would say it sounds a bit like Kiss would if they would have been a modern band. Some galloping bass like the one heard in Iron Maiden can also be found but all in all I would say that they sound fairly much like heavy metal in general. The songs are slightly varied but not overly so and if I am completely honest it is a rather typical heavy metal album.

I find it hard writing of these kinds of album, there is really nothing to focus on and nothing to base the text on. The label writes nothing interesting and reviews around the web are dreary at best the only fun thing is that the guy seems to be singing Starlight Slur when he is supposed to sing Starlight Slaughter but slurred speech isn’t the easiest thing to base a review around and the music is quite insignificant and no song really grabs my attention which as I said makes it hard to come up with something to say. I might not be bored with listening to this album while doing it but when trying to write about it and thinking about it I get rather bored of it.

So I wound (I am so bored that I actually write the wrong words), I would say is what I meant, I would say that it is a decent album with no real surprises. In a way I would say that it feels like an insignificant album, sure it is well made and good but it does nothing whatsoever for me. Maybe if you like the band from before or if you like standard heavy metal but to be honest there are much more interesting albums and bands out there.




Label: Nuclear Blast/Warner
Three similar bands: Kiss/Iron Maiden/Spiritual Beggars
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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