Friday, September 15, 2023

Full Length Review: Stormkeep "Tales of Othertime" (Ván Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Stormkeep
Location: Denver, Colorado
Country: USA
Genre: Medieval black metal
Full length: Tales of Othertime
Format: Digital album
Label: Ván Records
Release date: November 19, 2021
Just before sitting down to write this I was talking to the charming Mr. T of Light’s Go Out Zine! He requested I do some “digging into the archives”…and it just so happened that I was on a musical journey!
Stormkeep’s “Tales of Othertime” is something I listened to when it first came out. I went through a period where I listened to it religiously every few days—but eventually just as most bands do this faded into the past and for a while I had forgotten about it.
Today I have re-found it—and let me tell you this is an amazing piece of musical mastery! The atmosphere alone is enough to send you off on an epic quest within the confines of your cranium! The guitar work is absolutely excellent, the percussion is stead-fast and vicious, the synth work/keys are done well and add to the feel of the album overall and the vocals don’t get old!
Now that I have re-found this I will probably listen to this a handful of times throughout the week and maybe a bit further—and just as before it will probably fade out and be lost to my memory. With that said—it is something that will not be lost completely as it is just that “epic” and after my current and near future listenings at some point in the distance I will listen yet again! This is an amazing album—and fans of melodic black metal should revel in the offerings put forth by Stormkeep. Whether you are going on an epic quest involving goblins and faeries—or if you are just chilling alone in your room—this album is a solid choice and a sure-fire way to blow off some steam! -Devin J. Meaney

Grandmaster Otheyn Vermithrax Poisontongue: Vocals, guitars, keyboards
Tyrannos Apokteino Skiophonos Stormward: Guitars
Phantom Emperor Nebula Husk: Bass
Lord Dahthar the Abyssic: Keyboards
Count Victor Wolfsblood: Drums

Track list:
1. The Seer
2. The Citadel
3. A Journey Through Storms
4. The Serpent's Stone
5. An Ode To Dragons
6. Eternal Majesty Manifest

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