I'll admit that his voice can be a little monotonous at times, but overall it's a good fit for the music, and he does his job well. Hold the line, folks. Who can resist the urge to join the melee? So do yourselves a favor and hold up a sword in salute to one of the greatest bands out there today. At two or three listens, new revelations will be held into the dim light, and the more you let this album embrace you, the more it will. Like a car with bad sound system but a great air con and a refridgerated center console, something you can happily ignore flaws if the pros are great. Put it on, get transported to some desolate land where high magic is hurled upon barbarian hordes, where blood and steel rule the day and where a ghost reports the events in a very limited tenor, something like that. Derigin. Eternal Champion full set from Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia, Pa on March 9th, 2019. Like most epic heavy metal, there's a big emphasis on storytelling here. So what's the problem? What really sets Jason apart isn’t his vocal prowess, but rather his ability to craft an original story and build a mythos through the music. It is true that Eternal Champion is a band, largely responsible for the rekindling of the flame of -as many like to call it- true heavy metal. What it all boils down to for me is the fact that there isn’t quite enough. Eternal Champion is a rather new band within the NWoTHM (New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal) movement that's currently going strong worldwide. ou. If you are now thinking about Hegel’s “irony of history”, you are too much a nerd, so the Eternal Champion may arrive and kick you in the face. There have been quite a few new bands that have grabbed my attention, but precious few have done so as profoundly as Eternal Champion. The music- pretty solid, pretty catchy; lots of Manilla Road, particularly Mystification, and USPM bands I've never really bothered too much with (Can I say Jag Panzer? 14237. Topics Author Replies Views Last post ; Announcements: READ ME FIRST: Forum Guidelines: Derigin. Well, it's just too short for an album like this. 0. The Armor of Ire is strong and nigh impenetrable, but even a record with as many strengths as this one has its flaws. Jason Tarpley’s trademark voice paint the picture of an age long gone by confidently proclaiming “I am the Hammer” and set in motion a very entertaining heavy metal journey accompanied by the guards of Lourn and the riders of Tarsul. This American high fantasy inspired band brings back the loincloth wearing, sword wielding hero of old fantasy books, with a woman with big assets clutching his leg. You have an “A” side and “B” side with vinyl and the fact that you have to get up and flip the record makes it an inherently different listening experience than other forms of media. Boss the Ross (35) 2nd. From Michael Moorcock's high fantasy series, The Eternal Champion is a reincarnating hero that has lived many lives in the Multiverse, whose deeds are part of a larger interdimensional struggle for Cosmic Balance between the forces of Law and Chaos. It’s repetitive nature in the music makes it great material. Being quite a simplistic and rather one-note style of old-school attack does get this one into trouble at times, but there’s little denying the energy and enthusiasm that’s present in here which does quite a lot to overcome these flaws and makes for quite a worthwhile effort for those that aren’t hung up on these issues who are aficionados of this epic-tinged traditional metal. But the similarities with any European power metal band are quickly swept away as Eternal Champion lacks dragons, princesses and Fabio Lione (Angra, ex- Rhapsody Of Fire). If you don’t you’ve never truly understood the charm of sword wielding, muscular macho men, dragons and having women clutching at your legs. You will not be disappointed! Eschewing a operatic approach, it comes across as quite ghostly, ethereal, disembodied, etc etc, particularly on the fantastic title track. 68 en parlent. But shit, am I wrong. That leads into the main feature problem about this one as the wholly simplistic manner of the rhythms that it makes for way too close a tie-in to the old-school scene without really giving it an identity of its own. Fast forward just a few years later and The Armor of Ire was released to an overwhelmingly positive response that propelled Eternal Champion to the front of the scene. The man snaps like a young Jon Oliva, but he also has a storytelling voice through which he channels his best Mark Shelton. Traditional metal has experienced a slow and steady revival during the last decade, especially in the United States. Knight of Swords, deceitful god.Beyond the sealed sign of chaos. Forum Index » Music Talk » Tours, Gigs and Festivals. And as I mentioned, the authentic vocals of Jason Tarpey really put these Texans over the top. I think all this would have worked more effectively with just one or two more tracks on the album. Everything sounds like it is from another time and era in heavy metal. Not counting the two instrumental tracks, which are pretty inconsequential and unnecessary, and not counting the minute of ambient noise at the beginning of "I Am The Hammer," there's less than a half hour of material here, which might work for a hardcore album, but is pretty disappointing for the kind of music that Eternal Champion make. Musically this album is nothing too over-the-top. Eternal Champion is a must for every fan of old school (traditional) heavy metal. Pages connexes. Filter by what is it? You just got to love this album. There’s plenty of beefy, sturdy trad-influenced riff-work at play here with the swirling melodic rhythms that gallop along at quite a steady pace here with the album’s preference for the bouncy mid-tempo race. The songs are relatively straight forward and there’s nothing exceedingly fancy or complex on this album, but that’s the beauty of it. Primary tabs. Arthur Rizk is also known for his vast work in production duties for a lot of bands these days, and this record is also handled by his magic hands. The Armor of Ire is a modern classic and I do not use that term lightly. The song structures are very straightforward and the riffs are anything but sophisticated. This is one of those albums where the cover really sums it all up, which is to say that it's the auditory equivalent of a heavily muscled, loincloth-clad man, mowing down rows of enemies with a sword, relishing in battle, victory, and, true to the Frazetta-esque style, women with big butts. What we get with Tarpey instead is tempered, but powerful storytelling. We've got Jason Tarpey on vocals who previously was in the hardcore/crossover act Iron Age. One could also argue that the band doesn’t really offer anything groundbreaking or new, but “Armor of Ire” is full of passion and manages to be a very solid debut, worthy of the great albums of the past. De Flandre bien sûr, mais aussi de Lille et de Wallonie comme vos deux serviteurs. Favorite Track: I Am the Hammer I think this might be their best album yet, it's my AOTY too and probably one of the top 3 metal albums of the past decade so all is good. Having previously released a demo and short EP, these fierce young metal warriors unleashed their debut The Armor of Ire in 2016. The whole band sounds like a well-oiled machine, as they shape the musical landscape of a journey through the 8 tracks of the album, expertly balancing between riff-driven compositions that while they are not always original, manage to stay fresh and interesting for the majority of the experience. The direct inspiration for the bandname is the fantasy of Michael Moorcock, with an entity named the Eternal Champion living through time and ages in the multiverse. Type: EP Release date: November 1st, 2017 Catalog ID: N/A Version desc. While he does draw from existing fiction for his lyrics, Jason Tarpey goes beyond the usual standard of lyricism for the genre, and he even delves into a self-created universe on "I Am The Hammer." Plus tard. Time stops for a while as the music fills your space, and you emerge blinking furiously at the end, wondering what the hell happened. It's something that could've come off of Diamond Head's Canterbury album, if that one had been somewhat heavier. Taking hints from the likes of Manilla Road as well as the old classic greats of the genre, the Texas … Informations de compte oubliées ? The album would surely benefit from the inclusion of one of their demo songs but the overall quality triumphs over the lack of quantity. There weren’t too many new bands playing this historically underappreciated style so it was really refreshing to see. The basis, instead, lies in established literature and something undeniably dark, but without satanic undertones. Heavy Music Headquarters. His vocals lie somewhere between the sage like crooning of Manilla Road’s Mark Shelton and the gruff, pack-a-day, warrior tone of Omen’s J.D. When combined with the huge sounding, reverb heavy but still kinda crispy production, it has this effect where it's the most immersive, the most atmospheric heavy metal album I've heard in a long long time. The sound is akin to a mixture of the pulsing doom riffs you’ll hear in some of the classic heavy metal bands and the soaring, clear articulated vocals of power metal. The song "Worms of the Earth" takes its name from Robert E. Howard's tale of the same name, which features the characters Bran Mak Morn and Kull of Atlantis. When you consider the vinyl format though, the album layout starts to make more sense. He is often a reluctant leader, however, not always conscious of his higher calling. “I Am the Hammer” sets the mood for the entire album with its triumphant tone and “Blood Ice” helps to ease us into the second act while “Shade Gate” is our curtain call. It’s drenched in a retro production – which by rule, I dislike – and an aura of mysticism and genuine feel for Sabbath-esque riffs with a Mercyful Fate like atmosphere. Blake Ibanez's guitars were recorded at SC Studio in Denton, Texas. This revitalization of interest in turn has made it so much easier to share my passions with you all and that to me is awesome! Luckily, the band’s bellicose tendencies are balanced with a narrative flair. Perhaps a tad bit of Omen in there as well. music merch community RAVENING IRON TERMINUS EST The Armor of Ire PARALLEL OF DEATH Ride For Revenge/Retaliator War At The Edge Of … It gives every instrument the proper amount of room to breathe while not overwhelming the listener. Standout tracks: I Am The Hammer, Invoker. Backed up by a very nice cover courtesy of the great Adam Burke (also responsible for many other masterpieces like Vektor’s Terminal Redux), the band manages to sound professional, convincing and with enough gravitas and variety in their songwriting. The Armor of Ire has made people a lot more excited and willing to try out my favorite micro-genres. megaghost1983 (29) 3rd. no dawn for Roman dogs”. Straight out of Texas, the birthplace of top-class U.S. power metal and home of pro-gun enthusiasts, these sword wielding barbarians unleashed their debut album in 2016, after some very loud underground activity. The dude probably has a range that's less than one octave, but it's fine, he knows how to use it. Every minute is important to the whole, enhanced by instrumental middle track ‘Black Ice’ which slowly and atmospherically builds to a muffled guitar solo. He also isn’t overly aggressive and embellished like many of his contemporaries. Originally written for RideIntoGlory.com. In a vacuum, these intros and outros are absolutely effective – I still get chills every time I hear the buildup for “I Am the Hammer”. The production, as previously mentioned, is retro sounding much like Ghost’s first two albums. The album opener “I am the Hammer” sets the mood with a slow ambient introduction before the pounding of war drums begins and launches us on our epic metal crusade. I first came across Eternal Champion with the release of their 2013 demo, The Last King of Pictdom. The lyrics, however, are the real deal here. Ce soir, une bonne cinquantaine de personnes ont fait le déplacement. The band's sound immediately draws my mind to old school gods such as Heavy Load, Manilla Road and Brocas Helm. The approach to the sound quality is also very interesting, as they manage to incorporate the excessive reverb into their identity which helps maintain a cohesive and “epic” atmosphere throughout the album. It boasts a fuzzy yet massive guitar sound, it actually kind of reminds me of a stoner metal album in terms of tone. Service commercial. The track ‘Invoker’ is the best example of that I think, totally expressing what I love about the voice of Tarpey. Some of that old fighting spirit is certainly present on The Armor of Ire. With the album being the first recorded output of third guitarist Nujon Powers, the group finally prepares its debut full-length September 27, 2016 on No Remorse Records. Author Message Previous topic | Next topic; flexodus Metalhead. But I guess it might be better to have too little music than to have filler songs that don't live up to the standard of the rest of the album. Musicien/Groupe. Eternal Champion. His voice is slightly nasal, but fits the feel perfectly, and the mix doesn’t quite do it justice. I’ve used Eternal Champion as a reference point for getting people into bands like Manilla Road or USPM countless times now. The music is where this album really shines. Eternal Champion performing live at Up The Hammers XIV - Day 1, 15th of March 2019, Gagarin 205 club, Athens-Greece. On the very first track of the record, lead singer Jason Tarpey defiantly shouts “I am the Hammer” and for once, I am inclined to endorse his imaginary identity. The album was very well received and lots of noise was generated around the band’s name, many times accompanied with extremely flattering (or exaggerated, take your pick) comments about how they single handedly revitalized the stale old-school heavy metal sound. The guy's a really promising audio engineer and I enjoy a lot of the albums he's worked on. Formed just in 2012, Texas-based epic heavy metallers Eternal Champion quickly took on the tone and feel of the classic heavy metal sound from the 80s which helps to tie in their connection to Michael Moorcock's high fantasy series of the same name. One cannot fail to notice the influences of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Savatage and Manilla Road. But I just really dig the vocals. It’s misty, hazy and far from crystal clear .flac files that we’re used to. You can write one as soon as the album will be released, or when the band gets approved from the moderation queue. Musicien/Groupe. Eternal Champion live up to their name – they’ve created something that is timeless. I kinda liken it to Summoning, not in a strictly musical sense but in the way that you get sucked into the album and when the album closes you wonder where the last fourty odd minutes have gone. Their debut came at a time that good releases were the exception, rather than the rule and they gave a breath of fresh air to the beloved genre. Topics: Live Reviews Other tracks such as "The Invoker" and "Sing A Last Song of Valdese" showcase a slightly more thrash-oriented riffing style as well. It’s a whole that in and of itself feels complete, where the inspirations and the flow develop and grow throughout. With all that said, it’s only a minor issue for me in the grand scheme of things and this is still an excellent album. Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in 1280 x 960 resolution or higher. Some parts may not be as captivating as others - ‘The Last Pictdom’ doesn’t carry as high as the first two tracks which are pretty strong, and it takes until ‘Invoker’ to really pick up again. Their debut album, The Armor of Ire, has been well-received by fans and critics alike (including the indefatigable Fenriz himself). Jason Tarpey isn’t a classic vocalist. This is the only official Metal Archives page on Facebook. But is the album without flaws? Déjà le Metal me casse les couilles et plus je discute avec des métalliques, même d'élite, plus j'ai envie d'écouter autre chose. I’m not putting the name Fish in there without reason, the versatility of the vocals really creates that unique atmosphere that makes me instantly love this band. I personally stumbled across these guys during a long night of some good old YouTube browsing. I’m taking about a band of Texan traditionalists named Eternal Champion. “I Am the Hammer” opens up the album with a one minute ambient introduction and even “The Armor of Ire” and “Invoker” start with short instrumental or ambient sections. As for his skills as a singer, he draws from the nasally tradition of the late great Mark Shelton. The fastest that the album really gets is the title track, which also happens to be one of my favorites. 01 = Ulcerate - Stare Into Death and Be Still The definition of the music isn’t entirely easy. When you look at the instrumental portions of The Armor of Ire through this lens, it becomes clearer what the band was going for. Essentially, Armor of Ire comes across as only half finished- many of the songs tend to finish before they should. Thanks to our moderator BastardHead for doing the poll once again and we'll see you all next year. Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals (backing), Guitars (lead) (tracks 2, 3, 6), Producer, Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Recording. . As the title-track follows we are also presented with a more keyboard-atmospheric sound which really just further enhances the epicness of the music. They mostly offer the driven sound, that gives it that feel of grandeur. The album clocks in at thirty-four minutes total and there are two instrumentals tracks, “Blood Ice” and “Shade Gate”, that together make up five minutes. 1st. Connexion. The sharp bitten vocals of Jason Tarpey are to me the most typical, offering a mixture between Fish and Joey Dimachio and Eric Adams. I don’t access a band’s music by their size or impact, but it’s worth noting that Eternal Champion have joined right alongside Visigoth as part of a new generation of gateway drugs. "The Armor of Ire" distills that vibe into some rousing epic metal, a bit on the shorter side for the genre, but still thrilling. There are hints of the Sabbath like riffs, with some gallops care of Maiden and hints of speedier doom metal. The song "Sing a Last Song of Valdese" takes its title from the sword & sorcery tale of the same name by Karl Edward Wagner, which features his Kane character. : Limited edition Label: Independent Format: Cassette Limitation: 250 copies Reviews: Site web de divertissement . In this day and age there are very, very few bands that can top this quality. "The Last King of Pictdom" is one of my favorites on here, just riff after riff of goodness. Not really, but the flaws aren’t nearly as glaringly obvious as the strong points here. The album's opening track, "I Am The Hammer", is an immensive force of fierceness and a perfect introduction of what's about to come. The warrior on the cover, along with band name Eternal Champion clearly says that this band is the illegitimate love child of Joey DeMaio and Conan the Barbarian. It’s the archetype for epic fantasy and its therefor not surprising to hear music akin to Manowar and Sabaton on this debut by the band from Austin ‘The Armor of Ire’. I’m still not over just how well packaged this album truly is, time and time again I’ve revisited it and the magic is still there. There are hints of Ozzy in it, but Tarpey has a better way of flowing with the music. The imagery still borrows from Manowar, as well as Dio, carrying lyrical themes borrowed from the realms of fantasy. Blog personnel. The reason that The Armor of Ire has received so much attention is because it demonstrates all the hallmarks of a quality band. They create their own epic story with names, places and whatnot, for which we even get a fictional map on the vinyl record's insert. Eternal Champions commence donc par faire l’effort de vous fournir un scénario qui contribue effectivement à donner une cohérence à son casting pour le moins bigarré: dans un lointain futur, l’humanité a fini par connaître un funeste sort. Many people who play Dungeons & Dragons or other games featuring high fantasy, may be looking for exactly this record as their soundtrack to glory. Eternal Champion's Arthur Rizk: "We could have made a record pretty similar to the debut and do the safe route but we chose to try some different stuff and did not really worry too much about how much people loved the first". Most of the songs on here are fairly mid-paced, but althought that might be a weakness for other bands, it's at that speed where they shine. But that takes giving it more than the one first listen. It’s not too difficult to figure out why. Having previously released a demo and short EP, these fierce young metal warriors unleashed their debut The Armor of Ire in 2016. Recorded September 2015 - January 2016 at Solomonsgate / Creep Records Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Looking at what’s going on now, it’s pretty clear that there has been a rising interest in classic heavy metal. The mixing and mastering on The Armor of Ire is so well done that you really won’t find many albums with a production this effective. Nonetheless I've heard this about a million times; I'm quite amazed I haven't crashed my car whilst listening to this. Alcest. Very convenient, since a warrior’s reputation is never established on the battlefield alone. Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives Message board FAQ Search Register Login Fire in the Mountains 2020 (July 11-12, Wyoming) - Enslaved, Solstafir, Yob, Bell Witch, Obsequiae, Eternal Champion, Visigoth . Eternal Champion is at first glance perhaps most noticable for consisting of some already established underground artists. Let us hope they can surpass it with the new album that is coming soon! Since the release of Eternal Champion’s debut, they’ve been propelled into a spotlight that reaches far beyond a typical US power or epic heavy metal band. Top Collectors. Lo and behold, the music was an instant punch to the face of bloody chains, warhammers, swords and whatever else they seemingly used to forge this craft. On the other hand, it allows the part of the story teller, the bard for their vocalist. I'm surprised Eternal Champion didn't win and I thought Ulcerate would come second/third but the first stop is completely deserved. In Eternal Champion, he also handles the rhythm section, leaving guitar duties to his buddy John Powers. The song "Sing a Last Song of Valdese" takes its title from the sword & sorcery tale of the same name by Karl Edward Wagner, which features his Kane character. Death Metal Inferno. The lyrical prowess of Jason shines throughout the album with many of his short stories taking flesh in the songs. But in the end, it’s hard to argue with the effectiveness of those simple grooves and melodies, delivered as they are with such energy and passion. The lyrics tell tales of the Eternal Champion (duh! To Battle! . Man, I would not wish to meet this bunch of barbarian bushwhackers. However, when you use them so frequently it takes away from the impact of the album and breaks the immersion. The Armor Of Ire is one of the most interesting debuts of this year. Worth giving it a try, just don't operate heavy machinery when playing it. This page includes ETERNAL CHAMPION's : biography, official website, pictures, videos from YouTube, related forum topics, shouts, news, tour dates and events, live eBay auctions, online shopping sites, detailled reviews and ratings and the full discography of albums: studios, live, compilations (boxset), EPs on CD, Vinyl / LP or cassette … The drum tone is just perfect and avoids the pitfall of an overly aggressive snare that many metal bands seem to find themselves in. Eternal Champion is a rather new band within the NWoTHM (New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal) movement that's currently going strong worldwide. The title track follows and provides a strong contrast to the opener with its fast paced, speed metal oriented riffs. Eternal Champion aren't a perfect band- probably only "good" at the end of the day- but all up there's two things that put this over 99% of your modern trad heavy metal bands: the vocals and production. In a time where trend-hopping shit bands have prevailed since the better part for the last 20-25 years, Eternal Champion comes across as a breath of fresh air. Cult Never Dies. They've got powerful songs, epic lyrics and great melancholic yet commanding vocals to drive them forth. Needless to say, it's a very grandeur and heavy sound which sounds just as good as the classics from back in the day. There's definitely some Metallica. Les gars d’Eternal Champion qui découvrent les lieux semblent amusés et pas du tout mécontents de jouer là alors qu’ils reviennent d’un week-end allemand où ils joué dans un gymnase qui peut contenir 2500 personnes. But the short runtime also means there’s more focus on the material actually on it. Ambience has its place even in metal – it can be a powerful tool to set the stage and establish a mood, but in this case it’s the armor’s weakness. Even on the songs that are based on existing fiction, the lyrics are still great and enthralling. 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