Nima : With their ’Final Spell’ EP and their epic heavy metal US newcomers Visigoth made quite an impression in the underground, and since the release of their debut LP, ’The Revenant King’ (2015) the band from Salt Lake City has been going quite fast.
Needless to say that with the debut’s success and the rising popularity of the band the expectations for the second LP were quite high, and the question was whether the band was able to meet those expectations. And they definitely do that with ‘Conqueror’s Oath’. Moreover, in my opinion this album rather blows away its predecessor on every front. The gentlemen come with a more direct approach and the focus lies more on up-tempo tunes. In comparison with the debut the gentlemen have also taken a more traditional turn. The bulky Viking metal influences are still there, but it is indeed the traditional sound that has the upper hand here. All that has only been to the benefit of the spontaneity of the total picture. Therefore the songs are instantly catchy and impactful and there is a better flow in the whole than before.
Don’t get me wrong though, because the album doesn’t lack any diversity whatsoever, and the vivacious epic tones and the melancholic passages we know the band for are also present here. Besides that they have reduced the playing time to “only” forty minutes (‘The Reverent King’ clocked an hour), by which the album needs less effort in order to keep you focused to the end. And finally the overall songwriting is simply stronger in my opinion. Unlike the previous record ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ doesn’t know any weak moments and with songs such as the heavy ‘Steel And Silver’, the epic title track, and faster songs like ‘Traitor’s Gate’ and especially the hard-hitting, destructive ‘Outlive Them All’ contains a few highlights. All in all the gentlemen have delivered a solid record that will only establish their reputation further, and a tasty epic heavy metal record that will definitely apply to the fans of band such as Grand Magus, Eternal Champion, Crom, Wrathblade, but also DoomSword, Omen and Manilla Road and co.