|Rosae Crucis - Worms Of The Earth
01. Behind The Eyes Of Partha McOthna
02. The Justice Of Roma
03. Bran Mak Morn
04. A Wizard In My Dreams
05. Escape From Eboracum
06. The Dagon's Moore
07. Gates To Abominium
08. The Black Stone
09. Traian's Tower Falls
10. Worms Of The Earth
11. The Witch
Here we have Rosae Crucis latest release "Worms Of The Earth" a Concept album based in the novel of Robert Howard that tells the epic adventures of Bran Mac Morn, King Of Caledon, and his fight against the Roman Empire. In order to help his people, he summons the worms of the earth , ancient creatures that live under the surface of the earth. With the help of the wolf-witch, he destroys the Traian Tower and the governor in the valley of Adrian. To support the story there are a lot of spoken passages thru all the Cd.
The music is very reminiscent of some of the 80´s heavy metal acts, like Manowar , Running Wild and Iron Maiden, but with some touches of power metal here and there.
I really had a hard time reviewing this album, because the first time I listened this one I didn't like at all, I had to pay more attention and find out what the hype around this release is all about! Sorry. I didn't found anything at all.
I found myself screaming Crucifixion! Crucifixion! along with the angry mob in the spoken intro of the album "Behind The Eyes Of Partha Mac Othna" but then, the second track "The Justice of Roma" spoiled the moment, with an awful scream at the beginning and a completely uninteresting song.
There are some tracks that did caught my attention, "Escape from Eboracum" reminds me of Iron Maiden, with the galloping riffs and the huge chorus, truly a great song , next on the list is "Worms of the Earth" this is your average true metal song, but wait! Around the second minute of the song… Death metal vocals! This was big surprise to me [a good one!], very well done death metal vox, didn't expect that at all! Other stand-out track is "The Witch" starts with a haunting whispering, then turns into a mid paced song and finally explodes with full power right into your face! A remarkable track reminiscent of NWOBHM.
Don't get me wrong this is not a bad album, this guys know how to play, but I was expecting a lot more from these release, there are far better products around for the fans of True Metal. The production is not bad but isn't great either, a doze of originality in the songwriting could be the thing that is missing for me in this album. I´m not the metal authority around here, but I didn't like this one at all [except for 3 songs], I hope that in their next release they show us some tricks under the sleeve.