Glanville – First Blood (Fat & Holy Records)

Formed by childhood friends Philipp Michel and René Hofmann, Glanville is a brand new heavy rock band from Germany. Having played in groups like Wight, Foh, The Earwix and Milking the Goatmachine, Hofmann and Michel are experienced musicians and quickly wrote some songs that demanded to be played by a real and full-grown band in front of a crowd.

The search for the right partners took more than a year, but finally the line-up was completed with the entrance of Peter-Philipp Schierhorn (Fallen Tyrant) on bass, Thomas Hoffmann (Bushfire) on drums, and Chris West (Trippy Wicked, Stubb and Landskap) on second guitar.

Looks like heavy metal is still very much alive. I don’t mean the classic metal bands putting out material. Don’t get me wrong, i love when Maiden or Priest come out with new material, but what about new bands making heavy metal in 2018? German heavy rockers Glanville have shown that they got what it takes to carry the heavy metal torch. First blood has managed to bring a fresh sound to the table, and its pretty damn good. The cover art itself makes me want to listen to it. Right away the opening track “God is Dead”, pulls me in. First, because of the name of the song. Secondly because of the killer riffs and amazing vocal work. The flexibility of the vocal range is impeccable. The way the music carries its melodies with the guitar and the bass of the drums gives it that classic, yet unique heavy sound. Its as if I’m hearing the riffs from Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden.

There is a similar sound in the riffs that brings you back to the heavy metal days. I love the polished sound of the bass as well. This is truly something you would show someone that says dumb shit like “heavy metal is dead” or “ Its all dad metal”. Glanville have shown on EVERY song on this album that heavy metal is very much alive. There is honestly not one song that I don’t enjoy on here. My favorite song on the album is “Durga The Great”. The best way I can describe this song is…well imagine that Ronnie James Dio did vocals for Iron Maiden. Its a pretty big thing to compare Glanville to Maiden and Dio, but honestly they executed everything to perfection on their debut. I am going to spend my money on this band’s music. I advise you all do the same. 9.5/10

God Is Dead
Dancing On Fire
Durga The Great
Demons
Time To Go

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Author: AJ Guzman

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