There are some bands predestined for success. Almanac, born a couple of years ago after that guitarist Victor Smolski left the legendary German heavy metal trio Rage, has reached in only two albums a popularity and a level of interest that other groups achieve sometimes only after years and years of albums and tours. Kingslayer, the second and last LP of Smolski’s new musical project, follows last year acclaimed debut album Tsar and shows a further evolution and refinement of the already excellent musical qualities of the new band.
From a musical point of view, the album develops essentially around a classic symphonic heavy metal style with rare hits in the power metal world. What’s really particular in the album, however, is the exciting and somehow natural beauty of the choruses and the melodies that emerge in most of the songs. Epic lyrics, crushing riffs, splendid solos, a genuine and brilliant heavy metal as we weren’t listening since many years.
Our second strike is done, Kingslayer is the logical follow-up to Tsar, just more compact, heavier and faster. Our previous live experiences could be perfectly permitted during the recordings. The band got closer and well attuned, you can feel this unified energy within the new tracks. We took a lot of time and gave our very best. Kingslayer is a crafted metal album with a lively power sound!. (Victor Smolski on the new album)
Everything in this record does not seem to make any effort in search of modernity: from the arrangements to the style of the cover. But when the end result is so excellent, music is pretty much out of time – a gift that is delivered to us for being enjoyed today and in the future.
Kingslayer was released on November 3, 2017 by Nuclear Blast