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Armory - 2007 The Dawn Of Enlightenment

ARTIST: Armory
ALBUM: The Dawn Of Enlightenment
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2007
SPONSOR: Joe Kurland


LINEUP: Adam Kurland - vocals * Joe Kurland - lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, session drums * Chad Fisher - lead and rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars * Thomas Preziosi - bass * Peter Rutcho - keyboards * Tom Vieira - live drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Tempest * 02 Faith In Steel * 03 Riding The Cosmic Winds * 04 Forever Triumphant * 05 Heart Of Dreams * 06 Warrior Forlorn * 07 Forged In Dragon Flames * 08 The Eyes Of Time * 09 Mystic Star * 10 The Dawn Of Enlightenment * 11 Flight Of Icarus (Bonus) * 12 Dr Wily (Bonus)



A new American power metal band crossing our path is Massachusetts six-piece Armory. This lot were formed back in 2001 and have steadily played a patience game in terms of their progress through the ranks. The boys in Armory will admit to a healthy dose of admiration for traditional 80's metal a la Riot and Virgin Steele plus of course, all the obligatory nods and references to the abundant European power and speed metal genres. Taking that all onboard, Armory have melded all these together to come up with their own version thereof, and it's pretty impressive for a first crack at the big time. Originally, the tracks for 'The Dawn Of Enlightenment' were written and recorded back in 2004, but it was not highly promoted according to the band's bio. Instead, they re-recorded the entire album professionally with a local producer and engineer called Peter Rutcho. Peter also ended up being the band's keyboardist, and this fleshes out their sound immeasurably.

The Songs
Leading us through the windswept intro that is 'The Tempest', Armory deliver us to the door of their power metal universe, courtesy of 'Faith In Steel'. The immediate comparison I am drawn to is Dragonforce, but without the OTT speed demon antics those boys are known for. Notwithstanding, Armory do give us speed and melody and widdly diddly solos on both guitars and keyboards, and yes I am impressed. Soaring into the heights is 'Riding The Cosmic Winds' which more than has a hint of Aussie metallers Black Majesty about it. The only power ballad on the album 'Forever Triumphant' is kinda deep and gothic.. something Manowar fans can only appreciate. Enough of a rest, it's time to gallop off into the sunset with 'Heart Of Dreams', with Iron Maiden being used as the lightning rod in this instance, though a notch faster and heavier. More tales of steel, warriors, and battles is drawn in 'Warrior Forlorn'. The big choruses and deep warrior chants invoke scenes of a bygone battlefield. 'Forged In Dragon Flames' is the band's kick-ass instrumental - solid crunching stuff, but the metronome is sent spinning even further with the uptempo 'The Eyes Of Time', the double bass drumming providing the backbone to fire off all sorts of salvoes of the guitar and keyboard kind! 'Mystic Star' starts out brilliantly in true Euro metal fashion, and grinds out with guitar lines sent in all directions. To end the standard release tracks on the album is the near 14 minute epic 'The Dawn Of Enlightenment'. Boy, this is one of the best mega-epic tracks I've heard since Pyramaze's 'The Legend Of The Bone Carver'. It has a epic/sci-fi feel to it - the lyrics are a battle for the hearts and minds of all those who care to listen. The bonus tracks will appeal to Maiden fans plus Nintendo gamers. 'Flight Of Icarus' is an Iron Maiden cover while Dr Wily is sourced from the Nintendo game 'Mega Man 2'. So, obviously when these boys are not playing music it's all hands on the console!

In Summary
'The Dawn Of Enlightenment' was officially released on Dec 21 2007, and is only now starting to make 'shakes' around the metal world. It's great that the USA is starting to compete with the Europeans at the power-metal game, and though these boys are relatively new to the scene I think they stand a very good show of acquitting themselves to PM fans the world over. A few live gigs at strategic festivals around the USA would give them a boost up, but it's the big festivals in Europe is where they need to be seen. Still, I'm giving this CD the thumbs up because it meets my 'metal' needs on three fronts: melody, musicianship, and the dual trad metal/Euro speed metal combo. Armory have arrived.. Check them out.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 17 2013 08:58:36
The new 2013 album 'Empyrean Realms' is very very good. Review shortly..
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