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“Evernight” by Battlelore

Artist: Battlelore
Title: “Evernight”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 3/13/2007
Genre: Epic Fantasy Metal
Rating: 4/5

If there was ever Metal that was indeed a true battle cry then it is the band Battlelore and their new CD “Evernight” shall call across the lands of myth and bring Orks and Hobbits into conflict once again. Choose your desired side, and raise your sword and shield high once more and prepare for epic adventures deep inside the mystical worlds of Middle Earth. Battlelore is a band that effectively uses authentic costumes and imagery that are both in style and under the permission of the people handling the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. The combination of the two along with the resounding musical power they deliver allows this Finnish group to take you away from the trappings of the daily routine and instill your spirit with heroic tales of good versus evil. Based on videos and photos, they seem to do this very well and sport period weaponry as well as these detailed costumes and makeup. With Battlelore, you get entertained in both the auditory and visual sense and I daresay left with satisfaction that most other bands only hope their shows could bring you. “Evernight” struck me as a lot different from the previous album “Third Age From The Sun”, as with this one the songs seem to flow seamlessly into each other more than I found on the last effort.
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“Third Age Of The Sun” by Battlelore

Artist: Battlelore
Title: “Third Age Of The Sun”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 8/30/2005
Genre: Folk Metal
Rating: 8/10

Napalm Records succeeds again in bringing you a very interesting band. Battlelore is an officially sanctioned group that performs in costume and settings based on the writings of author J.R.R. Tolkien and when you see their photos it’s like looking at a promotional poster for “The Lord Of The Rings”. It’s a unique premise to say the least and when you listen to the whole piece you will find it’s a very appealing mix of Traditional & Black Metal mixed with Operatic and Folk elements. The topics of the songs are based on the Tolkien works and sing of Orcs and Trolls (even Gollum has his own song). The group has a lot of great stuff going on and the female vocalist Kaisa surely can hold her own against contemporaries such as Liv Kristine while Mykkanen growls like his Black Metal peers. Leave it to Finland to offer this band up as the Country is making sure that Metal remains fresh and exciting. The group is made up of a whopping seven members and includes two Brothers with Kaisa Jouhki (vocals), Tomi Mykkanen (vocals), Jussi Rautio (lead guitars), Jyri Vahvanen (guitar), Timo Honkanen (bass), Maria (keyboards, flute), and Henri Vahvanen (drums). With a lot going on across the span of the album its difficult to judge at a first and second listen. You will find yourself needing a few more takes at it to fully absorb the deft complexity of their playing. The band will hold an appeal to not only fans of music like Korpiklaani and Fintroll or Leave’s Eyes but also those that enjoy their music taking them to far away lands and fantastic places. Favored numbers on the release are “Valier – Queen Of The Valar”, “Trollshaws” & “Cloaked In Her Unlight”.
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