Many countries have their history which is based on wars against conquerors, wars for their freedom. Facts from some wars have been writen in books or have been writen as songs and this is something really good for the new generations because they can learn what exactly happened in the past and in the end they can be proud for all those warriors. I don't know if there are many metal bands which have created concept albums about a war of a country, but the bigest example and the first who did that were Grave Digger
through Tunes Of War
. After them another band from Greece Marauder
tried to do a similar album and the results were successful.
is a concept album about the revolution of greeks against Turks who wanted to conquer the greek country. Albums like this I think that they need a lot of attention from the band because they may bored after some minutes, but this is an exception. All the songs are incredible from the first "The greek revolution begins", the fastest track of the album, to the last one "Heroes fight like greeks" the song with the most melodic ending. The style of the album is something that combines power with epic metal and by listening to "Free
like an eagle" and "The return of the warrior" it's easy to realise it. Great riffs and melodic too and all their refrains are easy to remember at once.
The affects of Marauder
are evident, but not so much they stay without their identity, Grave Digger
, Judas Priest
are the basics. In the song "The firebrands" there is an endless solo which could make Judas Priest
be jealous for. The indispensable ballad "Two
eyes in the dark" makes all the people who fight for something in their life close their eyes and start thinking of two words, courage and patience.
All the members give the 100% of their strength so the result to be more than simply powerful. Giorgos Sofronas and Andreas Tsaousis are the two brains of the band through their riffs, solos and the generall music of 1821
, Kostas Vagiotis with Manos
Matsos together are the cannon which bombards without stoping and final Mihalis Pagonis the warmest voice and one of the best singers in the greek metal scene. He can scream, he can be tough, but in the end the melody in his voice will release all the power.
The album is a great masterpiece and I insist of you to listen to it or much better to buy it without any hesitation and you don't have to be from greece to hear it. Marauder
through this album became able to look the big names in their eyes and to stand on high levels.