|Release Date||22 November 2019|
|Record Label||Beyond the Storm|
After more than a decade of metal mastery, it seems like Slovakia’s Signum Regis are incapable of making a bad album. The mighty power metallers never fail to deliver an exciting, heroic adventure that swings the sword of sick riffs and their six album, The Seal of a New World, sees the band return to familiar lands. Between ultra-catchy melodies and jumpy energy, you won’t know what’s gonna be thrown at you next.
A large part Signum Regis’ success comes from their mostly-steady lineup, but the band’s new vocalist, Jota Fortinho, has quickly found a comfortable place within the band. His high, deliberate voice is the perfect match to the Signum Regis sound, and he adds a fair amount of expression to the arrangements, which are already pretty dynamic.
While the vocals are on fucking point and the songwriting is unsurprisingly excellent, the real power behind the album comes from axeman Filip Kolus. Between his eccentric riffs and incredible facemelters of power metal fury, there’s no holding this guy back. The drums and bass (which actually holds a prominent place in the mixing, which is more than I can say about 80% of power metal bands) hold the sound solid around him, but he elevates the music to another level.
If I were to name favourite songs, I’d end up picking at least half the tracklist, so I won’t bother doing that (although, the best chorus would have to go to ‘Phantasmagoria’). But, you can rest assured that there is a surplus of variety and skill so, no matter which song you decide to explore first, you’ll be diving right into the rest.
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