SPLINTERED THRONE – The Greater Good of Man

Splintered Throne - The Greater Good of Man album cover art
  • 8.2/10
    SPLINTERED THRONE - The Greater Good of Man - 8.2/10


Label: Monkeyfinger Music / Lisa Mann Music
Release date: August 19, 2022

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Pacific Northwest Metal Rules

Portland, Oregon has long held a tradition of producing outstanding Heavy Metal Bands, and Splintered Throne is proof that some things don’t change. The band has been around for over 10 years now, and with a recent lineup change they have risen to a whole new level. The addition of lead vocalist Lisa Mann (White Crone) adds a new dimension to their sound, and to their dynamic on stage. Guitarists Jason “J~Mo” Moser and Matt Dorado compliment each others playing, and work perfectly over the excellent rhythm section of Kris Holboke on the drums and Brian Bailey playing bass guitar.

Paying Homage to the NWOBHM

Splintered Throne have released their new album titled The Greater Good of Man, showcasing their talent and love of classic Heavy Metal with 7 new songs. When the pandemic hit in 2020, the band like so many others found themselves in the perfect situation to regroup, and write new material. The resulting album feels like a true throwback to the glory days of 80s Heavy Metal. The closest comparison for this reviewer would be 80s era Iron Maiden (before they became a Celtic Metal band playing in 6/8 timing on everything), with guitar harmonies dominating the songs, and operatic power vocals to lead the way. Lisa Mann’s voice is a haunting fit to the brilliant guitar work, and well written songs. Stand out tracks include “The Reaper is Calling,” “The Crossing” and the title track “The Greater Good of Man.”

Final Notes

It’s so refreshing to see bands that have a definite style that we all know and love, making it very easy to enjoy their music. Most Heavy Metal is based upon the great work done in the 1980s, and Splintered Throne have taken it up a notch in delivering an album that every Metal fan can get behind. The mix is a throwback to the 80s as well with some heavy handed use of reverb on the vocals, which isn’t necessary when you have a powerful vocalist like Lisa Mann. That said, The Greater Good of Man is a very strong effort, and an album worth digging into. Add this one to your collection today, you’ll be glad you did.

Splintered Throne band photo


Lisa Mann – vocals
J~Mo – guitar
Matt Dorado – guitar
Kris Holboke – drums
Brian Bailey – bass

The Greater Good of Man – Tracklist

01. The Reaper is Calling
02. The Crossing
03. Morning Star Rising
04. The Greater Good of Man
05. Let it Rain
06. Underdogs
07. Night of the Heathens


  • 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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