MEGATON SWORD – Might & Power

MEGATON SWORD – Might & Power
Label(s):
Dying Victims Productions
Released Year:
2023
Type:
Full-length
Tracklist:
1. The Raving Light of Day2. Iron Plains3. Power4. Cowards Remain5. Raikaszi6. All Wicked Schemes Unite7. Might8. Babe Eternal

It wasn’t a year and a half ago, that I wrote a review/presentation of MEGATON SWORD’s debut album. I still remember, I wasn’t really quite impressed, however I could acknowledge that the band had made a spectacular effort. They were ambitious and they clearly had a vision of their future, they just had to find the right path that would lead them there. Thus, time has passed, their second album titled β€œMight and Power” is out, and I am wondering, if they have found the road to might and power, or if they still wander aimlessly?

To be honest, when I listened to the first single β€œPower” I said β€œpass”. It sounded like a leftover from the first album, typical for the style, not quite powerful for a first glimpse of a new album, yet good old Chris talked me into giving it a try.

And indeed, the album has things to offer. The album kicks off with two impressive tracks, β€œThe raving light of day” and β€œIron plains” both reflecting strong MANOWAR influences. Especially the first track is a tribute to the classic MANOWAR galloping rhythm and is my favorite track of the entire album, while the latter is faster yet reflecting the same powerful epic feeling. Β β€œPower” and β€œCowards remain”, are closer to the modern epic sound of ETERNAL CHAMPION and GATEKEEPER, and frankly, I do believe that both of them are the weakest of the album.

The following tracks, β€œRaikaszi”, β€œAll wicked scemes unite” and β€œMight” are a weird kind of breed. Not quite epic, yet they have a nostalgic vibe, and traces of European 90’s metal, especially Swedish European metal, like MORGANA LeFAY and CANDLEMASS (their faster songs) and a touch of TROUBLE (β€œRun to the Light” era), PENTAGRAM and other similar acts. I don’t know if I liked them, yet I found them quite interesting. Their soft intro that progresses into a weird, unorthodox song structure is unusual among the loads of 80’s copycats that dominate the scene. The final track, β€œBabe eternal”, is a power ballad that serves as an outro to the album.

To sum up, I’d say that the album left me with mixed feelings. I had a hope that the band would let their Euro/teutonic influences flourish, yet they shifted towards other paths. It is interesting, as I mentioned, and brave, yet I think that this all-inclusiveness is blurring their vision. I still believe that they have potential, and they are brave enough to experiment with other sounds, something unusual in these bitter times. Give it a try and surely you will find something there.

P.S. it would be a shame not to mention the superb album cover, something that MEGATON SWORD seem to grow a habit of doing. Kudos to that.


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