Stormtide – Wrath Of An Empire


Wrath of an Empire makes a very strong initial impression with the title track, which despite riffing progressions we’ve heard a million times over, rides the momentum of the ethnic instrumentation to the bank and definitely cashes in. This tune has a very agreeable flow and sounds just as epic as one would expect from a band such as Stormtide. While riffs are occasionally threaded with more atypical picked sequences along with scant death metal inclinations, I still can’t recommend this band for their riffs alone. The final product eschews many of these deficiencies though. A great example is “Conquer the Straits,” exhibiting well-implemented brass sections and setting the stage majestically, even if the main synth melody is rather stock. The scattered and busy drum performance by Tyson Richens keeps the entire fare rooted in the corporeal instead of devolving into cinematic slush like many bands tend to do.

Review@Metal Archives

Rating: 3.0/5.0
Origin: Australia
Worldwide Release: August 1st, 2016

01. Wrath Of An Empire 05:03
02. As Two Worlds Collide 04:26
03. Dawnsinger 05:03
04. Conquer The Straits 04:06
05. Sage Of Stars 04:13
06. A Heroes Legacy 05:34
07. Ride To Ruin 03:49
08. Ascension 05:38
09. The Green Duck 04:59
Total playing time: 42:51

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