Signum Regis
Flag of Hope

Label: Beyond The Storm Productions
Three similar bands: Helloween/Impellitteri/Theocracy

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Given Up For Lost
02. Stand Away
03. Yoyage to the Distant Shores
04. Flag of Hope
05. Tune of War
06. Amorenada
07. Ave Maria (Bonus Track)

Jota Fortinho - Lead vocals
Filip Koluš - Guitars
Ronnie König - Bass
Ján Tupý - Keyboards, backing vocals
Jaro Jančula – Drums

Signum Regis (2008)
The Eyes Of Power (2010)
Exodus (2013)
Through the Storm (EP 2015)
Chapter IV: The Reckoning (2015)
Decennium Primum (2017)
Addendum Primum (EP 2017)

The Seal of a New World (2019)

Göran Edman, Matt Smith, Samuel Nyman, Mayo Petranin, and David Åkesson - vocals on Flag of Hope

Produced by Signum Regis
Mixed by Ronnie König
Mastered by Jacob Hansen
Artwork: Ján Tupý

Released 2021-05-14
Reviewed 2021-06-08


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The band Signum Regis offers us a flag of hope on their latest EP, an EP with a cover that looks less interesting than the previous release. It is the second release with singer Jota that was introduced to the latest album, and it gives us seven tracks with a title track that sees several familiar faces return to Signum Regis’ music. But is it anything exciting, does it give hope in these times?

It gives us more or less the same stuff as the band has been doing all the time since I first heard them in 2008. Power metal, strong melodies, progressive and epic touches, like they have done on their previous works. I don’t think there are any surprises here, good vocals and production are there, the variation is decent enough as well. I think the sequencing isn’t as great as it could have been, I would have liked more well thought out sequencing of songs, but that is a common trait of the EP-format, so it is probably nothing to be surprised about.

Overall this is a solid effort with pretty good songs and so on, no major flaws but not really exciting. The title tracks is very good and the other songs work, but it may not be the most memorable release I have ever heard. Fans of the band probably differ in that opinion; I am quite convinced that most fans of Signum Regis and the genre will find this more than agreeable. This release shows that Signum Regis is a good and dependable band that makes fine albums and EPs.

This one is made on autopilot; it feels like they do not make a creative effort here. Just a few decent songs, sloppily sequenced into a quite long EP that will appeal to their fans but not make any mark in the endless scrolls of music. I guess it will not disappoint, but the conclusion is that it is a solid yet not particularly exciting release.