Seize the day! Gaia Epicus have triumphantly returned
sewing the seeds of Damnation. All former members have since departed,
save Ole Myrholt, who is also quite busy with his other bands: Enslavement
Of Beauty, Diabolical Breed, & Tremor; none of which are even close
to this style of Power Metal. This in no way deters Thomas Christian
Hansen's resolve, as he is dutifully and diligently writing and recording
the next album - Dark Secrets, due this fall. He is also remastering
the first two albums - Satrap & Symphony Of Glory, now to be released
soon through Epicus Records, with bonus tracks.
Next up is the Stormwitch meets Running Wild inspired Masters Of The Sea. This striking viking exploration is enhanced by the rapid soloing of Dominique Leurquin, and the raging wavers of Thomas Christian Hansen, himself; who is the main songwriter, and binding fortress of resolved attitude, always securing that Gaia Epicus will be marching on to victory.
Firestorm is another tornado of soul storm anguish, fire, and icy themes. This features a guitar solo by Jonas Hörnqvist, and a keyboard solo by Fabrizio S Muratori. You Are A Liar! with a solo played by Lasse Jensen, who also contributes several other solos on the CD, maintains the innovation of Victory songs like Revenge Is Sweet or Fortress Of Solitude; however, Thomas sounds less like Dave Mustain, and more like himself, again.
The sci-fi inspired Cyber futuristic Cyborgs From Hell can be heard at their My Space page. This is also a real burner which keeps you watching the sky, nettled, yet circumspect.
The graceful Gamma Ray inspired last three tracks land free, and fit into place, mirroring a more positive outlook, with a sincere trust in the future world to come, as Mankind accepts responsibility for his own actions. The uplifting Salvation Is Here incorporates additional vocals from Ola Halén of Sweden's own Insania. Here is where the keyboards by Michael Troy conquer and swell, and flourish; adding a dulcet taste of joy to the mirthful chorus.
Overall, Damnation is a solid blend of the first two albums, with a smattering of Victory. Any fan of this band will not be disappointed by this noble effort. Gaia Epicus breed new life into the stagnant Power Metal genre by consistently creating a sweet symphony of glory which echoes in our Heavy Mettle Hearts - creating a hero in all of us.
also review of: Victory