Year : 2019
Style : Heavy Metal , Stoner Metal
Audio : 320 kbps + front
Size : 149 mb
Grand Magus are a three-piece heavy metal band hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. Drawing influence from bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Nazareth and Manowar, Grand Magus' sound consists of an amalgamation of blues, hard rock, heavy metal and doom.The band originally formed in 1996 by former Cardinal Fang vocalist Janne "JB" Christoffersson, bassist Mats "Fox" Skinner and first drummer Iggy under the name 'Smack'. Early 1998 saw Iggy depart the fold and replacement Fredrik "Trisse" Liefvendahl join as a response to an advert for the vacant drummer position. A change in musical direction dictated the fabled name change to the more apt Grand Magus. A demo was recorded and on its merit received a positive response.This spearheaded an appearance on the Waterdragon Records compilation, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2000) and a split 7" LP with fellow countrymen Spiritual Beggars (of whom JB would later join on vocals 2002-2010) on Southern Lord Records.Debut album "Grand Magus" hit on November 5, 2001, via Rise Above Records (of whom would release the bands first four albums). An album attributing towards cult status by doom and heavy metal fans today. Two more albums would follow in, "Monument", November 25, 2003, and "Wolf's Return", June 14, 2005. These would stand to illustrate a progression to a more heavy metal sound but still retaining the charm of their groove and stoner roots. Early 2006 saw Magus embark on a european tour supporting Cathedral, along with Electric Wizard, accentuating the bands ability to deliver the goods live.In 2006, Trisse left the band with Sebastian "Seb" Sippola being recruited on drums. The band released their fourth album, "Iron Will", on June 9, 2008, which garnered critical acclaim from rock and music press by achieving first place in Metal Hammer Germany‘s soundcheck. This would stand as the last album to be released under Rise Above Records.December, 2009 saw the announcement that Roadrunner Records were to release Grand Magus' fifth album "Hammer of the North" in the Summer of 2010.Released June 21, 2010, Hammer of the North became a huge breakthrough within the band's history, triumphing the soundchecks of both German Hard Rock and Metal Hammer magazines. Furthermore ascending the effort to 42 on the German album chart leading to a support slot on the joint tour of legends Mötorhead and Doro.The name sake title track, Hammer of the North, offers a euphoric plateau for crowd participation excelling consistently as a conclusion to a live set.In order to concentrate more on family life, April 2012 saw the amicable departure of Seb from the band. This in turn led to long time friend Ludwig "Ludde" Witt, of Spiritual Beggars, taking helm at the skins. On May 25, 2012, sixth album "The Hunt" was released via Nuclear Blast Records.The bands seventh offering came in the form of "Triumph and Power", released January 31, 2014, continued the momentum paved by its predecessor. Cover artwork created by the talented and acclaimed artist Anthony Roberts.Eighth endeavor, and the band's latest studio album "Sword Songs" was released May 13, 2016. The songs were recorded during the Midwinter months of 2015-16, produced by Nico Elgstrand. On the lead up to release, JB commented: "We put all of our sweat, blood and tears into this new album and I think that you can hear that. For me, Sword Songs is the best GRAND MAGUS album ever! The new songs are faster and more aggressive than on Triumph and Power - and we have also included some more extreme and harder stuff. I’m convinced that there are some future classics on the disc!
Few acts manage to combine the sheer heaviness of the doom genre with epic heavy metal so competently as Sweden’s Grand Magus. Completing 20 years of activity in 2019, Fox Skinner (bass) and JB Christoffersson (guitars, vocals) – accompanied by Ludwig Witt (drums) since 2012 – have their ninth studio album in ‘Wolf God’, a return of sorts to their early days.The atmospheric/epic heavy parts are still prominent here – a feature added in the early-2010’s with albums like ‘Hammer of the North’ (2010) and ‘The Hunt’ (2012) – but there is a stronger sense of rawness and straight-forward playing, like in the cadenced “Brother of the Storm”, follow-up “Dawn of Fire” and in the final portion of the record with “Untamed”.The album doesn’t actually start very well, with a cliché intro and the title-track being anything but full of energy, and with “A Hall Clad in Gold” providing good but forgettable moments. It’s only when the aforementioned “Dawn of Fire” kicks in that JB and company show why they are Nuclear Blast’s “go-to” heavy/doom band. The peaceful start to the track paves the way to some of the most sexy riffs and better instrumental performances of the effort, which gets better from then on.The duo “Spear Thrower” and “To Live and Die in Solitude” are the best songs here, by far. The former is a full-speed punch in the liver with powerful and brutal verses and a brilliant solo, and the latter has wonderful guitar-lines and overall vocal performance by JB, while the kitchen also provides perfect backup.There are some minor Judas-esque influences by the time “Glory to the Brave” starts, especially in the riff department, but this is where the epic aura is stronger. Grand Magus can easily shift between the straight-forward and the epic, and this track is the perfect example of it. There’s also strong stoner elements here, which makes for an interesting mix.“He Sent Them All to Hell” is pretty much a filler track, with little room for anything more than some simple verses and a simpler chorus. This could please the more purists and rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts, but it just feels detached from the album proposal as a whole. “Untamed”, like I said earlier, borrows a lot from Grand Magus’ heydays. It’s more cadenced at times, but it’s a good closer overall and features one of the best choruses in the record, more so when the final choirs enter to bring a welcomed doom-ish aura.Essentially, ‘Wolf God’ is a mix between Grand Magus’ old and new elements. It’s definitely a step up from the good ‘Sword Songs’ (2016), as the Swedes bet more on the crunchy riffs and doom elements rather than forcing an epic, more pompous aura every chance they get. A great choice for fans of the heavy/doom genre, and a statement that there’s still a lot to come in terms of consistency. Recommended.
Fox Skinner - Bass, Vocals (backing)
JB Christoffersson - Guitars, Vocals (lead) (ex-Spiritual Beggars, ex-Necronaut (live), ex-Cardinal Fang)
Ludwig Witt - Drums (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Sandalinas, ex-Shining, ex-Firebird)
Fredrik "Trisse" Liefendahl - drums (1998-2006)
Sebastian "SEB" Sippola - drums (2006-2012)
01. Gold and Glory 02:18
02. Wolf God 03:49
03. A Hall Clad in Gold 05:02
04. Brother of the Storm 03:16
05. Dawn of Fire 05:12
06. Spear Thrower 02:55
07. To Live and to Die in Solitude 03:41
08. Glory to the Brave 05:15
09. He Sent Them All to Hel 03:37
10. Untamed 03:46
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