Grand Magus - The Hunt and Update for their latest video
I recently discovered the band Grand Magus and their album "The Hunt" on Nuclear Blast. The album cover is impressive, featuring Frazetta-style artwork. The production quality is excellent, and the vocals are clear and easy to distinguish. While it's hard to categorize their music, It appears to be dropping under Doom, Stoner, or Sludgy Rock metal genre. However, this is a good thing as it shows they have a unique sound that stands out.
I was pleasantly surprised by the song "Son of the Last Breath". I initially anticipated it would get heavy immediately, but instead, it continued with a captivating melody and an amazing story being conveyed.
The first track "Starlight Slaughter" influences Black Sabbath and Quiet Riot. I grew up listening to these bands and they made a big impression on me so it is a tremendous feeling to feel that type of vibe being expressed here
"Storm King" kicks off with a very engaging and catchy riff that leads into some kick-ass vocals. The vocalist has a good range in his vocal style which is very apparent in this track.
I think the song "Sword of The Ocean" has a similar sound to Iron Maiden, and the vocals sometimes remind me of Zakk Wylde's singing in Black Label Society. However, my top pick from the album is "Iron Hand," which has a classic Judas Priest style that I enjoy. As a first-time listener, I would recommend giving this album a listen.
Fast forward and a bit of an update from anyone reading this review. I wrote this review back in 2012 and the band has done many more things since then. Below is a post from their FB page which was made at the end of 2022.
Gran Magus FB
Three years ago our album HAMMER OF THE NORTH disappeared from all streaming services for various reasons. We will not dwell upon those reasons now on the brink of a new year. But we will say that the HAMMER has now returned! Not only is the whole album available, but as a special treat we now have the elusive Japan only bonus track ”Crown of Iron” for all to listen to. Today the album will be available in its full glory on all major streaming platforms. As we look toward the future 2023 will mean the creation of our tenth album, for release in 2024. Enjoy HAMMER OF THE NORTH and a happy new year to you all!
Originally published in Coffinfeeder Distro Zine #6 10-1-2012
Visit official page www.grandmagus.com
Below is the Official Video for Wolf God