Freedom Call: Land Of The Crimson Dawn

Daft but fun melodic metal.

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Breathlessly, exuberantly irrepressible Freedom Call tackle their seventh studio outing with the kind of seemingly inexhaustible vigour some younger bands can only dream of.

True German power metal veterans, ever ready to defend the faith, when vocalist Chris Bay exhorts you to ‘hold your lance up high to stay alive’ you know you have to obey – or be crushed by the rampant riffing and double kick drum fury.

There is some sort of concept at work here – something to do with the thin line between fantasy and reality – but it matters not a jot when the likes of Hero On Video, Killer Gear and Rockin’ Radio are such a blast.

Just make sure to park your sense of irony at the door and prepare to do battle.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.