Gloryful are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of heavy and power metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Ocean Blade" which was released by Massacre Records.
Ocean sounds start off the album before going into a true metal direction along with powerful bass lines and melodic guitar leads which leads up to some aggressive clean singing which has a rough sound to it as well as adding in back up shouts and they also add in spoken word parts at times.
On some of the later tracks the band starts speeding up a bit and adds in more speed and power metal elements and the band sticks to an early 80's metal direction from beginning to end of the album while having a more updated and modern day production and as the album progresses the band starts adding in a few long and epic in length tracks.
Halfway through the album acoustic guitars are added onto one of the tracks and brings in elements of classical and folk music while also having some of the heaviness of a power ballad and they return back to a more heavy and hard direction on the following tracks as well as adding in some aggressive parts that have almost a thrash metal feeling to them at times and the last song has a more classical and folk approach and serves as an outro.
Gloryful remains true to their heavy/power metal sound continuing in the same direction of the previous albums as well as adding a modern day and professional sounding production to their early 80's sound and the lyrics cover fantasy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Gloryful and and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hiring the Dead" "The Masters Hand" "Black Legacy" and "Siren Song". 8 out of 10.
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