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“this is an amazing updating of Quorthon's heart-rendingly earnest Viking days, mixed with a trad metal spirit, a genius ear for melody and a strength that is Crom's alone”
“The whole album is so unaffected, pure and true that it almost brings tears to your eyes.”
“Epic metal is all about emotions after all and this band knows how to deliver it and offer it to the listeners. I can imagine Quorthon smiling in the halls of Valhalla and raising his cup as a recognition to the music of CROM!”
“CROM greift mit dieser großartigen Scheibe eine Stimmung auf, die ich persönlich tot geglaubt habe und die ich seit der "Nordland"-Saga nicht mehr spüren durfte.
“creating a final result of majestic and melodic Epic Metal based on pounding riffing, wonderful acoustic parts and passionate vocals singing the hymns to battle.
“si vous souhaitez investir dans un album qui allie à merveille mélodies, puissance maîtrisée et efficacité, alors n'hésitez plus, CROM est le groupe qu'il vous faut !”
“I have almost forgotten when the last album of Epic Steel was released, so I guess it was about time for a record like this.”
“Fans of Bathory should not lose even a single moment, go for this record as soon as possible and you won’t regret it. The same goes for everyone who still needs a real Epic Metal album, well here it is and it is no other than the debut of CROM.”
“this outfit delivers a kick-ass dose of ’spirited’ Viking Metal full of melodies, ’mountain top’ harmonies, ’wise warrior’ vocals and an amalgam that will, no way, live you thirsty.”
“Die einzigartige Atmosphäre, die Mischung aus sehnsüchtigem, visionärem, leidenschaftlichem Leadgesang, aus würdigen, archaischen Chören, die Kombination verträumter, leicht folkloristischer Akustikgitarren mit Raum greifenden, elegisch Klage singenden E-Gitarren-Leads und dramatischen Riffs”
"Vengeance" is the first full-length release of CROM and I just can’t get enough of its tremendous atmosphere.
“CROM does not flirt only with crawling tempos; on the contrary, there are various speeds used in "Vengeance", from slow-pace ’epic’ chants to mid-tempo ’metalum’ recipes, to up-tempo revolutionary quests, to fast-pace thunders.”
“Vengeance est vraiment le genre d'album haut de gamme qui vaut le détour ! Chaque titre est rempli d'émotions, de feeling et les arrangements sont excellemment réalisés (nappage de claviers, choeurs, voix de narrateur...).”
“There are - of course - the acoustic-guitar-driven intermezzos, too, featured in this album. Clean guitar sound, with narrative parts, by Crom or choir parts, that will place you right in the middle of the battlefield, in a ’tale’ way you can’t resist.”
“Bei CROM sind Songs wie "Hammer of the gods" und "Fire" ganz am Albumende die ersten Smasher, die ins Blut gehen. Der Opener "Wings of fire" ist mit seiner "Melodicpowermetal meets MANOWAR" Attitüde schon kurz vor dem Absturz.”
“There’s melody and lurking power all over the album; and that’s impressive, not getting bored listening to "Vengeance" for e.g. ten times in a row.”
“Epische Chöre, erhabene Melodien, meisterhafte Doom-Riffs, dazu zwischenzeitlich auch ein kleiner Exkurs in Sachen US-Metal”
“As for Crom’s voice; he sings crystal clear, without high-pitched parts, with a mere tension to outcry his feelings, deep-dressed in his role; he is confident, he’s wise”
“sachez que les titres sont vraiment bien travaillés et que le chant de Crom se révèle être un vrai régal”
“You get ’pagan’, you get ’epic’, you get ’medieval’, you get ’viking’, you get all these in a Metal warrior’s suede. Not a collection of songs (hence, no individual reference), only a "full" album. To cut a long story short, one of the most impressive releases of this year.
“Si vous êtes un amateur d'ambiance Nordique, de morceaux de bravoure (écouter le chef d'oeuvre qu'est Vengeance Part II !), de titres ou les passages acoustiques et atmosphériques se mêlent aux titres épiques et majestueux (Unchain the Hero)”
"Vengeance" is probably the best Bathory influenced album I've ever heard, covering the whole span of the Swedes' epic era from "Blood Fire Death" to "Nordland I &II" (without the mid 90s intermission of course)
“This album surely proves that Walter Grosse is maybe the best Quorthon student to date, and while that alone isn't enough to make good music, I'd also say his inbred talent in riffage is astonishing! I won't even start explaining how honest every single riff in this album sounds”
“I mean all the ingredients are here, mid paced riffage, crushing power chords, Viking choirs and some acoustic guitar harp strokes, but the listener can also come across many folk elements and even some epic power metal flashes”
“Crom on the other hand are dead fucking serious about the place folk holds in their music! This is not some folk feast turned into metal; this is metal borrowing the elite of the epic feeling folk music can create”
“And that of course goes for the vocals and solos. Within "Vengeance" both these elements are absolutely flawless. Walter is also the lead singer and his vocals are the most fitting I've heard for this type of music in quite a while. His hue is both aggressive but also melancholic”
“Throughout the album the vocal style varies from hymnal to aggressive but always soulful with some interesting tricks along the way such as the brutal backing vocals on "The stars will fall" making it sound like some heathen prayer or the travelling folk vocal lines on "Unchain the hero”
“These two tracks will stir your fucking heart! As for the guitars and solos they're simply great! With a much cleaner sound and way clearer playing, this album's solos is the epitome of air guitar soloing”
“Summing it all up we get magnificent playing, majestic vocals and exquisite production; what more could anyone ask for?
“This is an absolutely essential release and the best epic metal album of the year. Make your amends and get it asap!!
“Al suo interno ci sono anche ballad degne del miglior heavy/power, che sanno di certo coinvolgere per sentimento e accuratezza”
“Questo Vengeance è affascinante”
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