Skyconqueror are a band from Germany that plays an old school form of heavy metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Under the Pentagram".
A very dark and distorted sound starts off before going into a more NWOBHM style direction along with some melodic vocals and the music sounds like it could of easily been recorded in 1981 and after awhile you can hear some elements of speed and power metal in the bands musical sound when they start adding in more fast parts.
All of the musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads the band uses brings a very dark, evil and melodic sound to the bands musical style while still keeping the traditional metal feeling alive and after awhile clean playing and spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording.
There is a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing along with some heavy parts that have almost an early thrash feeling to them while the music sticks closer to more of a traditional metal style and one of the later tracks sees the band adding in a brief use of acoustic guitars along with a power ballad before returning back to a harder direction on the following tracks along with some 12 bar chords being utilized on the title track and some of the later songs also see the band adding in elements of 70's metal as well as bringing in a small amount of back up gang shouts, a s the album gets closer to the end there is an instrumental added onto the recording and they close the album with a couple of proto speed and power metal tracks.
Skyconqueror goes back to an era where heavy metal was heavy metal and there where not many sub genres and you can hear a lot of what later evolved into speed and power metal in the bands musical sound and while this is a younger band from the modern days all of their music sounds 30 to 35 years old that is how perfect they got this sound done, the production has a very old school yet professional sound while the lyrics cover a variety of many different occult topics.
In my opinion Skyconqueror are a very great sounding heavy metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Demon" "Horseman Of The Grail" "Under the Pentagram" and "Blade Of Black". 8/5 out of 10.
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