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Lord Fist - Wilderness Of Hearts review

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Band: Lord Fist
Album: Wilderness Of Hearts
Release date: November 2020

01. First Morning - Collapse
02. Arkona Cross II
03. Wings Drawn In Our Minds
04. Flying Over Tiprinith
05. Moonhalo
06. Sisters
07. Princess Of The Red Flame
08. Aurorae
09. Tigers Of Snow
10. Wilderness Of Hearts

I don't get it. Why is this album a 10/10 in my eyes and it's only rated 6 on the site? Why don't people seem interested at all? Why did the staff listen to it and declare it "not worthy of being nominated"?? I have to make my point then.

It has been said many times by absent-minded listeners that this music is nice, but not memorable, common, listen-once-and-done. The previous record had this problem indeed. You see, not only were the riffs not unheard of, with a repetitive feel, but also Lord Fist plays at constant high energy without release. In the end, you wonder if you have been listening to the same song for 30 minutes. One of the reasons the songs fail to grasp your attention at first is also because some lack a chorus, and only have verses. It's not a problem at all; in fact, I think it flows very well. The songs are already pumping so it's not needed to raise the momentum even higher. But this release is different. Although it still creates this impression, it is far more accomplished than the previous one.

The production is very nice and feels old-school without being bad. Usually, that's done by not cleaning the stems, applying lots of cheesy effects, letting noise ease in, or having a questionable balance. Here, we just have a plain, nice setting, and you can almost picture all the musicians in a single room. I mean to say that it's lively and up front rather than artificial. The same can be said about the whole music, I would coin it as 'coming straight from the heart' (even if it sounds 'clumsy' to some people).

The singer also has his own flavor. He doesn't come out as really powerful, and he's somewhat unstable when holding notes. I still think he's in the spirit, and feels very genuine or unpretentious, like he's actually singing the song. Besides exploring the counter-tenor register, he also totally flips to head voice on certain notes. Believe it or not, it's actually rare for this type of metal, and it's the first time I hear such things as far as I recall. The lyrics are fantastical and mysterious, although I can't make much sense out of it. "Traditional heavy metal", then.

The dual guitar work should be highlighted too. The arrangement is always efficient, and often asymmetrical, with different parts played left and right. Not in the Iron Maiden way, but with a more pondered choice of notes. Listen carefully, and there's always some fun licks playing at any given time. The chord progressions are rather original and didn't strike me as being cliche. I can't picture a single clear color, so I don't know what mode they use, but they still manage to give it a lot of taste by cleverly using the scales. There's a lot of playing with tremolo and licks. Each song features great and inventive riffs; listen to "Wings Drawn In Our Mind" with that groovy mix of 4/4 and 6/8 and tell me that's not memorable. That prechorus on "Aurorae" also kills me.

The drums are simply accompanying the rest of the music, with constant upbeat kick and snare, bringing some fills where it's needed; hence, the groove is very simple, but also really powerful. The cymbals are pleasantly audible in the mix, and overall the drums are on the front of the scene with the guitars. As stated previously, this band plays with a lot of momentum so you're always in the middle of the action, with the feeling of treading forward. The upside of having no dead times and a short length is that it's a doddle to get through, and to be amazed by all these crazy riffs for half an hour.

I'm gonna conclude the same way I ended my Cauldron review: it's really cool to have a bit of fresh air in the heavy metal department. Nowadays we only have big muscle bands with over-compressed production, playing riffs on one string, and with what I think is the wrong mood. Or OSHM bands copying the most hackneyed stuff from the depths of the 80s. And when at last comes a solid release to headbang your spleen away, nobody cares about it but me... Like we've been mocking Haunt for the whole year, but kept checking every record they put out. Why don't we turn our eyes towards Lord Fist a little bit?

Written by Ansercanagicus | 14.02.2021

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Comments: 4   Visited by: 13 users
15.02.2021 - 18:52
Jope of Steele
Ironic that you brought up Cauldron, because they're an another band whose songwriting I can't totally dig. I agree on this band being a breath of fresh air; they have pretty distinct sound and it's hard to compare them to many other bands. I may not be as fond of the record as you are, but I could still recommend it to be checked out.
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15.02.2021 - 19:04
Rating: 10
endangered bird
Yeah, I begin to understand that my conception of heavy metal is a bit peculiar. Thank you for reading. What do you think is the biggest flaw of Lord Fist? and what they should improve in your opinion? I'm curious
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15.02.2021 - 19:35
Jope of Steele
Written by Ansercanagicus on 15.02.2021 at 19:04

What do you think is the biggest flaw of Lord Fist? and what they should improve in your opinion? I'm curious

I can't give any advice because I think they should keep doing what they see suiting for them. I don't know how they are approaching the songwriting. I'm sure it appeals to some people more than to me, but I think it's missing something. They are trying to deliver something and I'm wanting to receive something else. Just a bad match, I suppose. There's a band called Borrowed Time that sounds very much like LF and I think the only big difference is in their songwriting, that I prefer to LF.
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22.11.2022 - 00:49
Nocturnal Bro
Nice music

Thanks for sharing this album. This type of upbeat music is usually hit and miss for me - teetering on the brink of being too cheesy and not heavy enough for my liking - but this was a pleasant listen and I liked reading your review. I don't know all the technical vocal and guitar terms you used, but I liked how you pointed those details out.

The guitar-work is very entertaining to me. Fun, catchy riffs and energetic solos ("Tigers Of Snow" is a great example)! The vocals are good, but they remind me of Helloween, whose vocal style I just don't personally enjoy that much. But otherwise, like you said, this album seems like a breath of fresh air.

Don't get too disappointed by low average ratings. I have plenty of favorites that don't get much recognition either. The important thing is enjoying and sharing good music, so thanks again for the review

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