Tuesday, May 19, 2015
DRAKKAR: ”Run With The Pack”
Label: My Kingdom Music 2015
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
”Drakkar is one of the prime movers of the Italian Power Metal Scene” says the bio. ”Their sound is powerful, aggressive, epic and very melodic”. What’s there to add? That they have songs called ”Ride The Storm”, ”Gods Of Thunder” and ”Call Of The Dragonblood”? They do. And they sound pretty much how you’d imagine them to sound. Lots of double bass drums, hymn-like choirs, folk-tinged melodies… The voice of Dave Dell’Orto isn’t the typical high-pitched power metal voice though, he sounds more like Rock’n Ralf of Running Wild or Joakim Broden of Sabaton (without his rrrollin’ R’s). At times he does attempt to go for the extremely high notes, and it’s not always pretty…
The band’s songs do have plenty of melodies, but somehow they fail to impress. The whole album just sounds like I’ve heard it a million times before. If you’re a die-hard fan of the Power Metal scene, this might be something for you, but I’ll have to pass this time, thanks.