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Stygian Oath - Midnight Flames



7.3 | 7 votes |
Release date: 25 May 2022
Style: Heavy metal

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01. Raging Skies
02. Finger On The Trigger
03. Beyond The Grave
04. Broken Mirror
05. Midnight Flames
06. Under The Gun
07. Seven Years Of Death
08. Onward To Victory
09. Holy Warrior

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17.06.2022 - 18:48
Rating: 9
Nejde
Philosoraptor
Phenomenal album. One of the best albums of 2022 so far. Highly recommended for any fan of traditional heavy metal.
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17.06.2022 - 21:19
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Tage Westerlund
Nik will you review it?
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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17.06.2022 - 22:55
Rating: 7
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Nice heavy metal with a power metal feeling. Reminds me of Helloween. Not really my taste though. A couple of songs at a time is nice, but can't take too much at once
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17.06.2022 - 23:30
Rating: 9
Nejde
Philosoraptor
Written by F3ynman2000 on 17.06.2022 at 22:55

Nice heavy metal with a power metal feeling. Reminds me of Helloween. Not really my taste though. A couple of songs at a time is nice, but can't take too much at once


I get more of an Iron Maiden feeling from the song structures and the singing style is very Dickinson-ish. The songs are also shorter and feel less bloated than an average Maiden song. For me this is a band playing Maiden better than (more recent) Maiden and I do love Maiden.
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18.06.2022 - 08:16
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Another impressive Iron Maiden influenced NWOTHM band from Greece, that country is producing some quality stuff at the moment.

There are a few top quality tracks, and a few not quite as impressive. It has the great riffs and solo's, and the tempo is spot on as I expected, and the vocals are decent too. it's a solid record overall, but didn't wow me as much as others have.
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18.06.2022 - 09:30
nikarg
Mod
I don't have the time to review it, but here's a short one-paragraph review:

I hear Judas Priest's Painkiller, Crimson Glory's first two albums, Riot's Thundersteel, and Iron Maiden's Seventh Son. I adore these albums, hence I like this one too. Up until, and including track #6, it is very enjoyable, but it gets a bit tiring towards the end because they have saved the three longer songs for last. The lead guitar is generally really good (check out especially "Beyond The Grave" and "Under The Gun"), but the vocals annoy me when they go too high. When he stays low, mid-register, or a little high, he's fine, but when he wails, it just doesn't work and the last track is unbearable for me because of this. With a little tweaking and some more personality, the band can be very promising. Very worth listening for fans of melodic and traditional heavy metal.
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18.06.2022 - 09:38
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by nikarg on 18.06.2022 at 09:30

I hear Judas Priest's Painkiller, Crimson Glory's first two albums, Riot's Thundersteel, and Iron Maiden's Seventh Son. I adore these albums, hence I like this one too. Up until, and including track #6, it is very enjoyable, but it gets a bit tiring towards the end because they have saved the three longer songs for last. The lead guitar is generally really good (check out especially "Beyond The Grave" and "Under The Gun"), but the vocals annoy me when they go too high. When he stays low, mid-register, or a little high, he's fine, but when he wails, it just doesn't work and the last track is unbearable for me because of this. With a little tweaking and some more personality, the band can be very promising. Very worth listening for fans of melodic and traditional heavy metal.

That's a spot on description really
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18.06.2022 - 10:09
Rating: 7
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by nikarg on 18.06.2022 at 09:30

the vocals annoy me when they go too high. When he stays low, mid-register, or a little high, he's fine, but when he wails, it just doesn't work

Yeah, that's the usual problem I encounter with traditional heavy or power metal
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18.06.2022 - 10:15
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by F3ynman2000 on 18.06.2022 at 10:09

Written by nikarg on 18.06.2022 at 09:30

the vocals annoy me when they go too high. When he stays low, mid-register, or a little high, he's fine, but when he wails, it just doesn't work

Yeah, that's the usual problem I encounter with traditional heavy or power metal

I also encountered the same issue, the vocals have to be spot on in order for it to work, it's rare these days you find a heavy metal vocalist with such high pitch skill. King Diamond, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, and Ronnie James Dio are the first that spring into mind when I think of vocalists who have truly mastered it. There are many decent new heavy metal vocalists out there, but I've yet to find a vocalist who can match the same quality as the names I mentioned.
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18.06.2022 - 10:26
nikarg
Mod
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 18.06.2022 at 10:15

I've yet to find a vocalist who can match the same quality as the names I mentioned.

I have a review coming up, where the vocalist really nails it
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18.06.2022 - 10:32
JoHn DoE

Written by nikarg on 18.06.2022 at 10:26

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 18.06.2022 at 10:15

I've yet to find a vocalist who can match the same quality as the names I mentioned.

I have a review coming up, where the vocalist really nails it


Do not keep us in suspense and tell us who it is.
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18.06.2022 - 10:35
nikarg
Mod
Written by JoHn DoE on 18.06.2022 at 10:32

Do not keep us in suspense and tell us who it is.

Dino Jelusić.

edit: the Reviews Queue is actually visible to everyone
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18.06.2022 - 10:40
JoHn DoE

Written by nikarg on 18.06.2022 at 10:35

Written by JoHn DoE on 18.06.2022 at 10:32

Do not keep us in suspense and tell us who it is.

Dino Jelusić.

edit: the Reviews Queue is actually visible to everyone


oh, are you reviewing the new Michael Romeo album? Yeah, that's a great vocalist on that album, I agree.
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18.06.2022 - 11:12
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by nikarg on 18.06.2022 at 10:35

Written by JoHn DoE on 18.06.2022 at 10:32

Do not keep us in suspense and tell us who it is.

Dino Jelusić.

edit: the Reviews Queue is actually visible to everyone

I keep meaning to check the new Michael Romeo album out, I keep hearing good things about it, especially if the vocalist is as good as you say
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19.06.2022 - 10:14
Rating: 9
Nejde
Philosoraptor
Written by nikarg on 18.06.2022 at 09:30

The lead guitar is generally really good (check out especially "Beyond The Grave" and "Under The Gun"), but the vocals annoy me when they go too high. When he stays low, mid-register, or a little high, he's fine, but when he wails, it just doesn't work and the last track is unbearable for me because of this. With a little tweaking and some more personality, the band can be very promising. Very worth listening for fans of melodic and traditional heavy metal.


For me the instrumentation is more or less flawless. Love the guitars, the drums are excellent and you can clearly hear the bass. The one who mixed the album has done a splendid job. And I don't mind the vocals at all. Usually I have an allergy against falsetto singing except when it comes to the big ones (Dickinson, Halford, Dio and King Diamond as mentioned by AndyMetalFreak) and that's the reason why I can't stand most power metal. To me Akis Daflis does a very good job and he handles the high pitched vocals well most of the time. But I can agree that Holy Warrior is my least favourite song too but it's not close to unbearable because I like the galloping guitar riff.
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