REINFORCER – Prince of the Tribes

REINFORCER - Prince of the Tribes
  • 7.8/10
    REINFORCER - Prince of the Tribes - 7.8/10


Label: Scarlet Records
Release date: June 18, 2021

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Teutonic Power Metal Debut

Fans of German Power metallers Reinforcer will be happy for the long awaited 1st full-length release: Prince of The Tribes on Scarlet Records. Formed in 2015 by guitarist Niclas Stappert and bassist Marvin Fretter, Reinforcer are following up their debut 5 song EP The Wanderer from 2018. Stappert and Fretter are in good company with Lasse Schmiedel on the drums, Tobias Schwarzer on guitars and Logan Lexi on vocals.

The Riddle of Steel

Reinforcer follow the formulae of twin guitars, speedy double bass drums, anthemic chants and lyrics based on historical moments in time. From the opening track “Prince of the Tribes”, we are thrust into the story of a Teutonic noble stolen by Rome to be a warrior for the empire. In “Allegiance and Steel” we witness an epic tale of Vikings against Anglo Saxons in a catchy, high speed tune laden with plenty of harmony guitars. The constants are the themes of war, battle, death and heroism with a pirate story and a few others to keep it lively, and the musical precision of the players.

Final Notes

Prince of The Tribes is a solid first effort from a young band that has already been together going on 6 years, and it shows in their playing. The one area that could use some improvement would be the vocal melodies, as they get a bit monotonous as the album continues. Logan Lexxi is a more than capable vocalist, but the melodies could use a bit more variety, and complexity to compliment the brilliant harmony guitar work. That said, the music has a lot to offer, growing on the listener quickly. Reinforcer are off to a great start, and Prince of the Tribes deserves a spot in your Power Metal collection.

Reinforcer - Band photo


Lasse Schmiedel – Drums
Tobias Schwarzer – Guitars
Logan Lexi – Vocals
Marvin Fretter – Bass
Niclas Stappert – Guitars

Prince of the Tribes – Tracklist

1. Prince of the Tribes
2. Allegiance and Steel
3. Black Sails
4. Shieldmaiden
5. Coupe de Grâce
6. Thou Shall Burn
7. Hand on Heart
8. Another Night
9. Z32


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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