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Claymore, The - 2002 II

ARTIST: Claymore, The
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Andreas Grundmann - vocals * Sebastian Busacker - guitars * Kai Schwittek - guitars * Christian Kohle - bass * Hardy Kolzer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tolerance Denied * 02 Arborlon * 03 Beyond The Walls Of Tears * 04 The God Of Crows * 05 Return To Arborlon * 06 Into The Unknown * 07 Element Of Hate * 08 Claymore * 09 Time For Glory * 10 Knight Of The World


A Claymore - to those not in the know, is actually a big mother of a sword used by Scottish Highlanders way back when. It is from that sword that The Claymore, a band from the Middle Ruhr area of Germany, have taken their name. While the Claymore sword was used for striking a killing blow to the enemy, The Claymore (the band), are striking a blow for melodic heavy metal. I wouldn't expect the German town of Castrop-Rauxel to be a mecca for metal, but that hasn't hindered this lot from putting together a bunch of fine melodic metal tunes.

The Songs
They take their cue mainly from Iron Maiden, an influence that is clearly shown on the tracks 'Aborlorn' and 'The God Of Crows'. Vocalist Andreas Grundmann is particularly responsible for this as he's a dead ringer for Bruce Dickinson. If Bruce ever goes walk about again (well actually Luigi, he's an Airline Steward now, so perhaps a'fly-about'?.. Ed), Maiden should give Andreas a call. The faster moments can be mostly attributed to the bands love of Running Wild. There's also a touch of Powersurge (the cult American power metal band) especially on opening track 'Tolerance Denied'.

In Summary
While the music plays a big part in the appeal of The Claymore, perhaps the most impressive aspect of this release is the clear and powerful production. Not something you would automatically associate with a band from a small town in Germany. The Claymore should be proud of their work on 'II' and melodic metal fans should support them for their effort.

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