Review: Avenford – Mortal Price
NAIL Records (HMR Music Kft.) 2015
Reviewer: Dan Mann
Trying to keep up with album releases is at times almost an impossible task and sometimes unfortunately some fall through the net so to speak. Thankfully drummer Rob Leech brought Mortal Price to my attention. I say thankfully as this album ticks many boxes from the off, Rob obviously knowing my musical tastes!
First track is in fact the intro entitled ‘Overture 895‘ which pretty much nails what type of album is to follow firmly to the mast, and which is swiftly followed by ‘Guiding Light‘ which assaults your lugs with some furious guitar work, very reminiscent of the likes of say Masterplan with hints of Malmsteen, which is no surprise as they are cited as influences by guitarist Peter Szehoffner and guitarist/vocalist Arpie Gamson.
‘Hunter’s Trail‘ again is a prime example of power metal with a powerful guitar sound, pounding drums and layers of keyboard. ‘Turn The Page‘ starts off slowly with some expressive guitar work before the percussion section builds things up. Certainly a track more towards the melodic end of the scale and shows that the band have the ability to push across pigeon holed genres.
Another Masterplan-esc track is ‘Jewels Of Fate‘which at a tad under three and a half minutes is the shortest track on the album (not including the intro) I’d of actually preferred it to have been a bit longer to enable a longer guitar break. I guess my wishes are sort of granted when we come to the title track. ‘Mortal Price‘ which is almost eight minutes long. It’s a typical ‘epic’ power metal track. I’m not describing it as such in a derogatory manner as I’m someone who rather likes such tracks.
With a scifi style keyboard intro ‘Invasion‘ twists and turns from the twin guitar sound to keyboards and back. The keyboards are more controlled for ‘Blade In The Moonlight‘ which is currently my favourite track on the album. There is a real temptation for Arpie to go over the top with the vocals, however he keeps things tight and controlled.
‘Journey To The Land Of Emeralds‘ is an instrumental which thankfully doesn’t lose you halfway through, which on occasion such tracks can have a tendency too do. With the mixture of all out guitar combined with the more delicate sections, it’s this balance and mixture that keeps the track on an even keel.
Rounding off the album is ‘Night To Remember‘ This is a track I’d put more in the hard rock camp rather then out and out power metal and it’s probably my second favourite track on the album. It’ll be interesting to see if there are a few more tracks in this vein on next year’s release.