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Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic

Discussion in 'Power Quest' started by Power_Metal_Dom, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. Power_Metal_Dom

    Power_Metal_Dom Epic Metaller

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    Tracklist

    1. Battle Of Arcane Might
    2. Powerwind
    3. Guardian Of The Seas
    4. Flight Of The Sapphire Dragon
    5. There And Back Again
    6. Riders Of The Dawn
    7. Keepers Of Fate
    8. Rise Of A Hero
    9. To The Stars
    10. Heroes Of Mighty Magic
    11. Epilogue
    12. Knights Of Twilight's Might
    I fellow out of the habit of doing these big release threads - there's SO much coming out these days in the great big world of metal from underground gems to the big hitters, but this one for better or for worse had a reasonable level of hype and since the latest Sabaton fell completely flat for me, I thought it'd be good to check out people's feelings on this one.

    This band is Gimmick with a reasonably capital G so I think I can predict Steve's feelings on it :p

    But not unlike GloryHammer, for all their tongue-in-cheek-cheese there's some quite admirable composition here and masterful production. It's heavy emphasis on the symphonic part of symphonic power metal and much less on the metal side, but I'm finding it fun and catchy. The 'story' or concept of the album is paper thin and totally dismissible much as I can tell.

    Thoughts?

    tl;dr - Disney metal
     
  2. Symphony

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    You know me so well lol!

    I saw them a couple of years back and it was all cloaks and swords....not for me haha
     
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    1928 Jack Nippleson

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    I honestly don't know if I'm just jaded or cynical or what it is, but for me, there's only one band that gets away with this over-the-top, dragons, adventure, swords-and-sorcery stuff and that's Rhapsody. My ears just hear parodies or caricatures of early Rhapsody with every band like this.

    That said, these guys got chops. Mad skills. Gotta give 'em props for that much, at least.. :)
     
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    I'm getting a bit tired of people bashing at fantasy-driven metal bands...no offense to the people above!
     
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    I've always thought dressing up is gimmick central. Just not for me....but there again as a 44 year old I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience lol!

    Dressing up and backing tracks.....to me equals lack of substance. Call me old fashioned haha
     
  6. Power_Metal_Dom

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    Here's something to wind you up even more Steve, while we're at it :D

    Chris of Alestorm/GloryHammer stated regarding Twilight Force:

     
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    Not in the least bit surprised mate....but there's an awful lot of it about nowadays......
     
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    Dom cheers for sharing that, very interesting to read. Where is Chris' post from? Is it on Facebook?

    As for "dressing up" and "gimmicks" in music, I did go through a bit of a phase of being put off by bands where this is (or appeared to be) a key part of their music. I haven't listened to Sabaton in a long time (although they still have some great songs) and I think I've lost interest in Alestorm for good, to give a couple of examples.

    That being said, I decided to check out Gloryhammer's latest album prior to seeing them live supporting Blind Guardian earlier this year and really enjoyed it, it's fun and well made music. I particularly like the song 'Universe on Fire'. They were also very enjoyable to hear and watch live.

    I also think some people would do well to be more specific about when they think "dressing up" and "gimmicks" becomes a negative thing. Kiss have their dressing up, Rob Halford of Judas Priest has his umpteen costume changes during live shows, Bruce Dickinson when Iron Maiden play The Trooper live, oh and Alice Cooper of course.
     
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    I hated Kiss apart from the unmasked period too lol!

    My point is mainly around the fact that the vast majority of these bands also use backing tracks heavily as well. About as far from rock n roll as you can possibly get for me. If you can't play your own songs or cannot work an arrangement that can be played live then it's cheating in my book.

    I also very much appreciate that I'm not exactly the target audience either lol!
     
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    1928 Jack Nippleson

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    I just think the backing track thing has gotten ridiculous, as proven by the quote in Dom's post up there. Why even bother playing the music if you have to go through so many backing tapes, process everything through a computer, and basically rely on those to carry the rest of the band?

    Obviously I'm hypocritical because I love bands like Rhapsody that have to use it but I think Rhapsody has far more integrity in the music (and knowing that originally they weren't even meant to be a live performing band in the first place, if I recall correctly)... I'd have to really sit down and think this issue through, preferably with some coffee and maybe a smoke :)

    And to be fair I think the KISS/Judas Priest stuff was incredibly corny, too. I give Dickinson a pass because Bruce can get away with that shit. That man's a legend. I wouldn't criticize him if he performed 3 hours in a hot pink speedo on a winter day. He's Bruce fucking Dickinson.
     
  11. Power_Metal_Dom

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    Cheers, dude. Reddit

    Exactly my feelings towards this gimmick stuff. If it's well composed and well executed on CD and live, then I love it. And the theatrics are just an extra lighthearted sprinkle on the top. I don't think elves and space wizards are quite the same level of cool as Priest's leather and bikes or Kiss makeup though! But then again they're just acting out typical power metal tropes present in a lot of great power metal - Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Helloween etc and PQ of course ;) !
     
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    +1!
     
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    Regarding Judas Priest, some of it is important in my opinion. I don't ever wanna see a Judas Priest show where Rob Halford doesn't have a moment where he's in his biker gear on the Harley and 'Hell Bent for Leather' gets played.
     
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    I'm not generally into the fantasy metal stuff, however, I just listened to "To the Stars" and enjoyed it very much. Good old power metal, the likes of which seems to be in rather short supply these days.

    Btw, I'm a 33 year old married father of one - probably not the target market either. Didn't stop me from grinning along though.
     

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