BRAINSTORM – Wall Of Skulls

BRAINSTORM - Wall Of Skulls
  • 9.1/10
    BRAINSTORM - Wall Of Skulls - 9.1/10


Label: AFM Records
Release date: September 17, 2021

User Review
0/10 (0 votes)

Lucky Number 13

German Power Metal veterans Brainstorm have really outdone themselves with their 13th studio release: Wall of Skulls. The follow up to 2018’s Midnight Ghost, the album has picked up the pace a bit with more high energy, fast paced Power Metal. Excellent vocalist Andy B. Franck (ex-Symphorce, ex-Almanac, ex-Ivanhoe) is joined by guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld (ex-Twilight) and Milan Loncaric (ex-Changes, ex-Twilight), bassist Antonio Ieva (ex-Farmer Boys, ex-Letter X, ex-Stereo Pilot) and drummer Dieter Bernert (ex-Tarot’s Myst, ex-Twilight).

Metal Heaven

For the first time ever, the band has worked with two guest vocalists who assume a central role in the respective songs. “Escape The Silence” stars Rage’s Peavy Wagner, while “Turn Off The Light” features Orden Ogan front man (and also Wall Of Skulls producer) Seeb Levermann.  “I’ve known Peavy for 15 years, he’s a German Metal legend, which makes me all the happier that he recorded a number for our album. As far as I’m concerned, his voice takes the song to another level. In contrast, the duet with Seeb on “Turn Off The Light” has a haunting battle-type quality which highlights the album’s diversity,” states Andy B. Franck.

Final Notes

Wall of Skulls has great songs that feel good on the first listen, and keep you coming back for more. The vocals are layered in beautiful harmonies that remind of classic Savatage when Zak Stevens was fronting the band. The production is excellent, the guitars perfectly composed and performed, like icing on the sweet cake of slamming drums and thundering bass. Over all, a great release that shows the maturity of the band in performance and composition. Last but not least, the album art by Gyula Havancsak is fantastic, reminding of classic Heavy Metal covers from the glory years. Wall of Skulls is a definite must for fans of everything Power Metal, making it a perfect addition to your Metal library. Get your copy today!

brainstorm - band photo


Andy B. Franck – vocals
Torsten Ihlenfeld – guitars
Milan Loncaric – guitars
Antonio Ieva – bass
Dieter Bernert – drums

Wall of Skulls – Tracklist

01 – Chamber Thirteen
02 – Where Ravens Fly
03 – Solitude
04 – Escape the Silence
05 – Turn Off The Light
06 – Glory Disappears
07 – My Dystopia
08 – End Of My Innocence
09 – Stigmatized (Shadows Fall)
10 – Holding On
11 – I, The Deceiver


  • 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.

    View all posts

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.