The follow-up to 2014’s “Blood Of Legends” was recorded at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and features a guest appearance from Manilla Road guitarist/vocalist Mark Shelton on the song “Sword of the Flame”.
Undoubtedly, “epic” is the right term for “Codex Epicus”, as Battleroar swiftly moves into action via “We Shall Conquer”, a would-be live opener and future classic, finding vocalist Gerrit Mutz wielding his piercing vocals against a steady backdrop of churning riffs. Shelton’s appearance on “Sword of the Flame” marks one of the man’s most earnest and pure performances to date, effectively channeling classic Manilla Road, a band who remains a tremendous influence on Battleroar’s sound.
Songs such as “Chronicles of Might” and “Kings of Old” weave in a variety of daring, chunky, but melodic riffs, showcasing the dynamic range of a band who understand the value of giving their fans songs with twists and turns of a cinematic quality.
Elsewhere, “The Doom of Medusa” and “Enchanting Threnody” both feature sing-a-long choruses, which is just another sign of Mutz’s development in Battleroar.
At nine songs at over 50 minutes in length, “Codex Epicus” is an album that may go down as Battleroar’s defining triumph. Furthermore, “Codex Epicus” will further exalt Battleroar, a name now synonymous with epic and challenging metal of the highest order.
Gatefold edition, includes download card. Available in regular BLACK and limited DEEP PURPLE vinyl.
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