Are you an incurable fan of Cirith Ungol and Manilla Road? Do you like Epic Metal in its most eccentric form? If you answer with 'Yes' twice like me, then I have fished a pearl out of the deep sea of waste and unimportant Metal music for you. I had to open many oysters, in which there were no real treasures, until I found this wonderful, perfectly shaped pearl of Doom laden Epic Metal. Call me a pearl-fisher from now on. Hopefully I don't cast pearls before swine when I sing hymns about this one-of-a-kind real gem.
The sound is fantastic in its old school style. Czar, singer and drummer, and his comrades-in-arms, J.H. Halberd, rhythm guitar and bass guitar and harmony vocals, and axe swinger Brian Koenig at the lead guitar, create an artwork with mighty guitar riffs, majestic choral singing and stomping rhythm in best NWoBHM tradition and not deniable Doom Metal roots, which is very seldom nowadays. Realmbuilder from New York City may be smiled at by many because of their apparently naive and Manowar like Metal based on Ron E. Howard's Sword & Sorcery novels, but this album is in my good graces. Listening to 'Summon The Stone Throwers' is fun at its highest entertainment level.
Realmbuilder tackle the work in attending to details, e.g. the elaborated choral singing, side noise including saber rattling, and which culminates in the trumpet horns in the final track 'The tarnished Crown'. Dive into the world of Realmbuilder, be enchanted by the magic of their music and throw yourself into the macabre atmosphere, which gives you goosebumps. You won't regret it!
Warning to all mainstream listeners: Hands off!
01. Bow Before the Oligarchy
02. Silver Ziggurat
03. Ninety-Nine Raids
04. Forgotten Minion
05. Summon the Stone Throwers
06. Colossal Glaciers
07. The Tarnished Crown