Thanks for making me type out that album title at least once for this review, guys. Gloryhammer, Alestorm‘s Christopher Bowes’ brainchild, make no secret of the fact that nothing changed regarding the band’s style or music. Just like the previous two records and just like its title, Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex is a crazy, over-the-top power metal nerd out extravaganza without concern for what is too much heroics. Of course the whole effort is even less than half-serious, but Gloryhammer established quite a reputation among power metal fans with their flawless execution of the more symphonic-laden, dramatic fantasy metal established in the late ’90s by European, especially Italian bands; as such Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex at least fueled expectations as a serious contender for one of this year’s significant power metal albums.
Even though it has been almost 4 years, as track titles like “Power Of The Laser Dragon Fire” and “The Siege Of Dunkeld (In Hoots We Trust)” give away, Gloryhammer continue both lyrically and musically seemingly seamlessly where they left off with previous record Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards. Christopher Bowes quickly figured out the bands formula for success: go insane with the lyrics (Legendary Enchanted Jetpack!) but keep the musical arrangements straightfaced as can be in symphonic power metal. Compositionally, much like the band’s earlier records, Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex follows a style Rhapsody shaped in the early ’00s with their two masterpieces Dawn Of Victory and Power Of The Dragonflame, specifically rather heavy-hitting, speed- and riff-intensive power metal with a not so subtle dash of orchestration and a crystal clear, modern sound mixing.
In a genre where everything has been said and done – even when you’re as creative as Christopher Bowes – Gloryhammer aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, instead the international formation dives head first into every possible stereotype this lofty, emotional and (melo)dramatic type of music has to offer. And I love it! If you’re going to do something, do it well, see it through. And Gloryhammer are absolutely unapologetic in their love for the music they’re playing. Of course, this will disgust anyone who cringed at all the things I said about this album (those people stopped reading already anyway), but it will give great amounts of pleasure to the people who love their European symphonic power metal clichéd, melodic, epic, dramatic… you get the drift. Yes, Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex is a contender for being a more than noteworthy power metal record when this year is over.