Aug 302023

Fantasy metal masters Gloryhammer return with their fourth album and first with a new vocalist, Sozos Michael.

Gloryhammer has released four albums going back to 2013 with Tales from the Kingdom of Fife being their debut in 2013.  The brainchild of Alestorm vocalist Christopher Bowes had the band from the start representing characters and performing in costume as their representative characters.  Over the years, the band toured with the likes of Stratovarious, Blind Guardian, and Hammerfall, played lots of festivals in Europe, toured North America, and was nominated for awards.  In 2021, the band parted ways with longtime vocalist Thomas Winkler and named Sozos Michael as his replacement.  Note: Winkler has gone on to form a similar band, Angus McSix.

For the uninitiated, Gloryhammer is essentially power metal with fantasy-themed and somewhat comical lyrics describing the adventures of Angus McFife.  All the elements of power metal are well-represented even if the keyboards and vocals are a bit too dominant in the mix for my liking. Production quality is excellent and all the instruments do come through in the mix.  For those who know of the rough edge and aggression in Winkler’s vocals, you may be surprised to hear the soaring, clean vocals and range of Sozos Michael. Remaining are the catchy elements to their songs the band is known for and some that comes through multiple times in choruses when you can’t help but sing along with lines like “Wasteland Warrior Hoot Patrol” and “Holy Flaming Hammer of Unholy Cosmic Frost”, which is also the first real track on the album.

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Aug 032023

Power metal warriors Gloryhammer have revealed a lyric video for the track “Sword Lord of the Goblin Horde”, cut from the band’s new full-length, Return to the Kingdom of Fife! Upon release, the album debuted on the official US, Canadian and German Album Charts, among others, and received outstanding international reception from fans and critics alike. Gloryhammer are currently in the middle of a packed summer festival run, with more live appearances confirmed in Australia before making their return to European stages in early 2024 on the GLORY AND THE BEAST double headline tour with Beast In Black.

“Sword Lord of the Goblin Horde” doesn’t hold anything back – diving straight into action right away with catchy, chanting choir-backed vocals. As the massive power metal track proceeds, Gloryhammer vocalist Sozos Michael is able to truly showcase his versatility between skillful guitar parts and hard-hitting drums. Continuing the series of action-packed, cartoon-like music videos, the animated lyric video provides striking visuals to support the exciting storyline of the song.
Gloryhammer state:
“Uk gruk! Yarbag uznaga glopakh! Ghash nuu’ruk KHAH-GLORIHAMMER’AZ thargas krug shara-muruk snaga yaruk hoshubûrz dûluk! Bolg dâr shara “TAZ’DAX GOTH’GUL DA URUK GRUM’GAR”, ogh jukh dash khûrzum nulurzuz dâr ash mug!”

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Jun 032023

Gloryhammer‘s new album, “Return To The Kingdom of Fife,” is released yesterday (June 2nd) via Napalm Records. The video for their third new single – the fast yet heavy ‘Wasteland Warrior Hoots Patrol’ can be seen below.

A catchy keyboard melody leads into the epic power metal track backed by strong metal drumming and topped with high-reaching vocals. Having gained millions of streams and video views throughout their very successful career and with their last album peaking at #6 on the official German charts, nothing less is to be expected from Gloryhammer‘s upcoming offering. ‘Wasteland Warrior Hoots Patrol’ comes with a racing music video visualizing the band’s unique energy and staves off the final wait for the album’s unveiling!

Gloryhammer states: “Alright you bunch of nuclear goblins, LISTEN UP! The Hootsman is coming to town, and he’s gonna cyber-detonate your brains to death with his hootatronic battle-saxophone! HOOTS!”

Watch the music video for ‘Wasteland Warrior Hoots Patrol’ below.

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May 052023

Power metal warriors, Gloryhammer, have released the second single, ‘Holy Flaming Hammer Of Unholy Cosmic Frost’, from their upcoming fourth album, “Return To The Kingdom Of Fife,” out June 2 via Napalm Records.

Gloryhammer state: “Mighty warriors! His Imperial Dundaxian Highness King Angus McFife, the First of His Name, Lord of Dundee, Scion of Pitlochry and the Outer Reaches of Aviemore, Thane of Auchtermuchty, Celestial Regent of the East Neuk and All Other Locations Unknown to Mankind, hereby invites you to his mighty citadel of Dundee to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the defeat of Zargothrax and his imprisonment in the frozen pool of liquid ice! Behold the mighty city in all its splendors, defended by the invincible Knights of Crail, and join in the revels for a great feast in the Marketgait Courtyard!

Watch the music video for ‘Holy Flaming Hammer Of Unholy Cosmic Frost’ below.

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Apr 072023

Chart-storming power metal warriors Gloryhammer are back and proudly announcing their highly anticipated upcoming fourth album, Return to the Kingdom of Fife, out June 2, 2023 via Napalm Records! Wasting no time, the band has released the epic first single, ‘Keeper of the Celestial Flame of Abernethy’, cut from the upcoming masterpiece. The track features a relentless blast of hyper-catchy laser-choruses that assault your ears on a non-stop voyage through space and time, and is not to be missed! A guaranteed singer-pipe ear-trumpet for all future live shows!

“Keeper of the Celestial Flame of Abernethy” is accompanied by a high quality animated music video, with which Gloryhammer exceeds all expectations! The exciting, action-packed music video – directed and animated by Alex Henderson – reveals the origin tale of the evil sorcerer Zargothrax, and shows the visual world of Gloryhammer the way it was always meant to be seen!

Gloryhammer about “Keeper Of The Celestial Flame Of Abernethy”:

“This tale begins long in the past, 1000 years before even Angus McFife was born. A simple peasant by the name of Zargothrax lived a peaceful existence weaving baskets in a village called Auchtermuchty, until the legendary hero Dundax decided to build a new Kingdom in his lands…the Kingdom of Fife. Follow the rise of Zargothrax into a twisted sorcerer of chaos and evil, as he seeks the ultimate revenge on the Prince of Fife and all his descendants!”

Watch the music video for ‘Keeper Of The Celestial Flame Of Abernethy’ below.

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