GRAND MAGUS – Sword Songs

GRAND MAGUS - Sword Songs
  • 6/10
    GRAND MAGUS - Sword Songs - 6/10


Nuclear Blast
Release date: May 13, 2016

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Classic heavy metal is the game of Sweden’s Grand Magus. They share their brand of heavy rock with the world since 2001 when the band released their self titled debut album. With Sword Songs we get album number eight, but it is apparent that it is mostly for the die hard fans of the band as little has changed over the years. Which would not be bad if Grand Magus had not already released several albums that are better in many ways compared to their new, only 35 minute lasting output. If one is new to the band, Iron Will or Hammer Of The North would be better starting points.

Those two feel more spontaneous and have greater metal hymns than Sword Songs which is not a bad album, just fails to live up to what one is allowed to expect judged by the best releases in their own discography. Still, ‘Varangian’, ‘Freja’s Choice’ and ‘Frost And Fire’ are good fist raising metal songs that keep the Swedes afloat until they can return with another competitor to the Grand Magus’ throne.


  • Frank Jaeger

    Frank was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Bavaria, Germany. He has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years, now on the manufacturing side, before on the publishing end. Before this, he edited and handled the layout for a city mag in northern Germany ... maybe that is why he love being part of anything published. Frank got hooked on Metal at the age of 14 when a friend introduced him to AC/DC. They were listening to The Beatles, Madness, and The Police, and he decided they should move on. Well, they did, Back in Black became Frank's first Metal album, and since Germany is reasonably close to England, they had some small New Waves Of British Heavy Metal washing up on their shores: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Sweet Savage, Diamond Head, etc. If he had to pick his favorite styles, Prog and Power Metal would be at the top of the list.

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