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Battlelore - The Last Alliance
Battlelore from Finland is one of the bands that derives their inspiration from the books of JRR Tolkien about Middle Earth. The epic battle metal of this company surprised my colleague Demondust a couple of years ago. Well let’s see if they can surprise me too.
Starting with ‘Third Immortal’, a nice melodic voice of a woman introduces me to the music. With the use of the keyboard they immediately create a great atmosphere without making it very cheesy. The main reason for this is probably the brutal grunts of Tomi Mykkänen that comes kicking in from time to time. Add to this the drums and guitars that are a bit in the background of the music and a multiple chorus from time to time and you’ll have an idea of what Battlelore does.
Luckily the epic battle metal of Battlelore  isn’t all of the same. Within several songs there are passages that remind me a bit of Dimmu Borgir and on the other hand there are pieces that remind me of some female gothic metal bands. I think some of the credits for this should be given to Dan Swanö for creating a crystal clear sound, that is very open and gives every instrument enough space to breathe.
Considering it’s already Battlelore’s fifth album there should be plenty of fans around the world for this band. To be honest I’m not one of them but that doesn’t mean that The Last Alliance is a bad album. On the contrary, it’s a great album if you like the band or the accompanied music style.
Battlelore - The Last Alliance
79/1001Details Napalm / SPV
Released on Friday Sep 26th, 2008
Epic battle metal

Writer @Niamen on Monday Dec 1st, 2008

Tags: #Battlelore
Tracklisting 1. Third Immortal
2. Exile The Daystar
3. The Great Gathering
4. Guardians
5. Voice Of The Fallen
6. Daughter Of The Sun
7. Green Dragon
8. Awakening
9. Epic Dreams
Line up Tomi Mykkänen - Vocals
Maria - Keyboards
Henri Vahvanen - Drums
Jussi Rautio - Guitar
Timo Honkanen - Bass
Jyri Vahvanen - Guitar
Kaisa Jouhki - Vocals