Before I begin writing about the debut album of Canadian band, “Medevil”, “Conductor of Storms” let me start by saying this: I am a devout listener of heavy metal. Being a worshipper of old legends like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Accept, Savatage and of course, Iron Maiden (personal favorite metal band of all time), I am always on the lookout of new bands trying to take over the flag from the old legends and carrying on. Within the past few years, a host of new bands with the ‘80s metal sound has come in the scene, and I am proud to say after listening to “Conductor of Storms”, “Medevil” will already be in that bracket.
The album begins with the track “Nightwalk”, a powerful heavy metal sound which has everything in it: a powerful beginning, an epic chorus, a bridge section filled with harmonies, a solo which has clearly a decent amount of influence from Celtic music, and a powerful ending. Liam Collingwood in the vocals nails every note to pitch perfection. I don’t want to draw in much comparison, I don’t like comparison in metal music, or life in general, but Collingwood’s voice has a lot of influence from JørnLande and Udo. The video of “Nightwalk” is out, and “Medevil” has teamed up with “Braveworlds”watch it below
“An Empty Glass” the third track of the album, probably contains the best intro riffs, a twin guitar attack soon takes over. An instrumental track, “In the Distance” follows soon after. If I didn’t mention earlier, then I’ll do so now: the album contains some of the best bass compositions, a major cheers to Eric Wesa. Soon, sound of rain takes over, in the later parts of the track and it leads to a really cool, and funky intro to the next track of the album “The Angel of Rain”, the intro just shows how much musically rich the band is, a seven minute long track done to absolute perfection.
A “Megadeth” style intro takes in the next track, “Sacrifice”, the vocals are absolute belter in this track. And the riff can be as headbanging as it gets. The tracks are laid out in a real thoughtful manner, and it’s another thing the band pulls up to the perfection. The album finally draws to a close with a twelve minute long track, “The Fabled Uxoricide”.
The album art looks pretty neat, and it will draw in any metalhead. A powerful human demon, consumed and sitting amidst a field of skulls, and an apocalyptic image lurking in the background, can it even get any better than this?
Add to the fact that the band already has some major news as they will be hitting the road this coming August and September for their Western Canadian tour presented by PureGrainAudio.com. The band also nailed an impressive top 6 during the 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Canada.
“Conductor of Storms” is due for release in August, 26th of this year.
Play it loud, play it fast as heavy metal world has found another new soldier to carry on the flag in the form of “Medevil”
Written by: Shadowthrone