Grand Magus are yet another fantastic modern group carrying on the excellent tradition set by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and countless others in delivering album after album of skullcrackin', blood pumping old school metal. All the more strange then that Grand Magus's release this year, Hammer of the North, is only freakin #77 for 2010 so far on RYM. What a travesty! It's easily top ten material...
Anyway, the nine tracks on this 2008 bumpuncher should be more than enough to get you into dragon slayer mode in a relatively heavy-yet-non-cheesy-manner. Every song's a highlight, with some even reaching anthem status on the strength of the riffs alone ['The Shadow Knows', 'Iron Will'].
Sometimes you wake up and you want something metallic but without the breackneck drumming and endless guitar and vocal pyrotechnicality. Old school, but fresh. In that regard, Grand Magus are ready to serve...and serve they do in spades!
Listen Here - "Like The Oar Strikes The Water"