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On disc: Solemnity



- Reign In Hell - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
- Reign In Hell - Volker Raabe - 8 stars


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Reign In Hell

Reign In Hell
(Remedy Records - 2001)


The album of the German band has 8 tracks, even if the display says 66! Running time: 66:06 min, what a joke!
Okay, let's talk about the music! It's obvious that the quintet is influenced by the metal of the early / mid-80's. Especially Helloween's early releases (Hansen era) had influenced them, but also bands like Jag Panzer (vocals, partly...) and Metal Church. Solemnity is a fast song, a heavy rocker with breaks. The choirs are big and are an important part of the track. It's the kind of US metal we all remember from the late 80's. Screaming guitars, pounding bass and fast double bass drum is what the songs offer, the vocals are not always high pitched as we know it from many bands of the US metal genre. Sometimes the vocals of Sven 'The Axe' are mean, sometimes serene. Listen to the title track to get an idea what to expect from the quintet. With Chalice Of Blood they have recorded a powerful track which starts balladesque and then speeds up. But most tracks are fast ones.
Actually the band from Augsburg recorded their debut last year, but is now released by Remedy Records. Reign In Hell was recorded at Music Factory and mastered at the famous Eroc Mastering Ranch where bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest mastered their albums.
Check out the metal underground and listen to this album! Support the underground, even if this is not a masterpiece, but a decent debut!


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Reign In Hell

Reign In Hell
(Remedy Records - 2001)


At the Headbangers Open Air I saw Solemnity, even if it was pretty late and the stage acting wasn't pretty good. Now their debut Reign In Hell was released through Remedy Records. The digi-pack looks really cool and even that would be a reason to buy this album, but I should talk about the music and not about the cover.
If our German top metal bands one day will retire, then Solemnity is one of the newcomers how will try to conquer the metal throne for honor, success and fortune. The opening track Solemnity will hit you straight in the face, if you listen to it on a decent volume. Straight power metal with some thrash influences you'll hear. Singer Sven 'The Axe' sounds extremely metal compatible, same I can say about the rhythm section. Especially the title track Reign In Hell gut shows that, but also Open Fire, Axekiller and Walpurgisnight are really great. A fresh and natural sounding album which make you want more of Solemnity. Let's see....


8 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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