Germany and power metal have already proven to be a fruitful alliance in the past. Besides having delivered the genre’s pioneers with Helloween, the country has also produced countless other bands, from Gamma Ray to Mob Rules more recently. Galloglass add another line to this seemingly endless list.
At the end of the nineties, the band was formed in Hannover by ex-members of a local band called Serpent Moves. Vocalist Carsten Frank, bass player Dirk Zelmer and Arnd Lorenz decided to go for it under another name, recruiting two more guitarists to complete the line up: Kai Mühlenbruch and Norbert Geiseler. The five of them, then still known as Gallowglass recorded their first 3-track demo CD in only two weeks. Several record companies were interested in their blend of speed and heavy metal, but it was Limb Schnoor’s LMP who received a signed contract in the end.
As everything seems to go as fast with the band, their live debut followed soon after and minds got set on recording their first full studio album. Under the guidance of fellow countryman Olaf Reitmeier, whom we know from his earlier work with Luca Turilli, Gun Barrel and Kamelot, they started working on “Legends From Now And Nevermore”.
Lots of guitars, hymn like melodies and folk influences – the band got assistance from a flutist, a violinist, a cellist and a choir – is what Galloglass have to offer on this debut. Just what you’d expect from a German band in other words, except maybe for the folk part. Anyway, the band deliver a decent performance. The album may not be the most inventive or original platter of the year and it’s a little too early to say if they have the potential to stay around for years, but they certainly have enough talent to grow and become a decent power metal band. (SL
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