Welcome to the heart of the cliché! On their fourth album, Victorius graze off all the surfaces that come to mind in the phrase "Power Metal from Germany". Heroes, swords, hammers, rainbows, phoenix birds - the song titles already reveal a lot. Everything? Not quite - especially when singing sets the quintet own accents. High notes are used to being a fan of the genre, but David Baßin is downright feminine. This is certainly not a minus point, the singer sounds quite unique and pleasant - without real tips, but also badly complacent. Of course it fits wonderfully on HEART OF THE PHOENIX, because the album as a whole has a similar problem.
The title song and 'Empire Of The Dragonking' come with a strong hammerfall paint: The galloping guitars and drums, the inciting vocals, the sublime moments and powerful Power Metal melodies in voice, riffs and solos are among the best moments of the album! Also 'End Of The Rainbow' in the chorus reminds of course the (almost) same name song of the Swedish Hammerschwinger, remains in terms of hit and Ohrwormhärtegrad back, but makes fun with shimmering solo and combative vocal melody. On 'Sons Of Orion', on the other hand, a cheesy Stratovarius keyboard comes to the fore, 'A Million Lightyears' (with female guest vocals) dances on the fine line between epic kitsch and hit metal - and falls down the wrong side on the way.
Even hardeners like 'Hammer Of Justice' or 'The By My Sword' would be even better with less keyboard and more guitar power, especially as any of the verses often stink badly against the refrains. Already a crisper production that produces less plush and more pressure would have made a lot of difference. In this form, Victorius seldom get beyond "nice". In the current soundcheck Lancer have more metal eggs.
VICTORIUS - Lazer Tooth Tiger (Lyric Video) Massacre Records
“Our guitarplayer Flo came up with the songtitle when we were messing around with stupid songnames for the ep, and a laser shooting tiger was definately a topic we always wanted to sing about, haha !
Lazer Tooth Tiger is probably the happiest song we´ve ever written, but nethertheless a very strong one !!! Haters gonna hate us even more for this, but for our mighty Dinosaurriors it´s the perfect anthem to march into battle !!!”
The new Ep “Dinosaur Warfare – Legend Of The Power Saurus” will be out on January 26th via Massacre records !
Formed in 2004, German power metal band Victorius has just released a new official lyric video for Shuriken Showdown, taken from their new album Space Ninjas From Hell, due out on January 17, 2020, via Napalm Records.
VICTORIUS - Super Sonic Samurai
“Let the tournament begin,” Victorius says. “Enter the battle to see if you’re worthy enough to be king of the ninjas!!! May the shuriken guide you to victory, mighty shinobi!!!”
VICTORIUS - Heart Of The Phoenix Full Album
Also, the band announced the 4-date release tour of the upcoming album. Tour dates are as follows:
Jan 17 – Berlin, DE @ Nuke Club Jan 18 – Hamburg, DE @ Bambi Galore Jan 23 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Pitcher Feb 29 – Leipzig, DE @ Halle 5
1. Twilight Skies 2. Day Of Reckoning 3. Dragonheart 4. Fireangel 5. Dreamchaser 6. Battalions Of The Holy Cross 7. Blood Alliance 8. Speedracer 9. Where Ravens Fly 10. Black And White 11. Silent Symphony 12. Lucid Dreams
1. Twilight Skies
The years are passing by so fast The future now has just begun The Wheel of time goes on and on
Where do we go from here Destination still unknown What lies far beyond our spheres
What does the future hold for you and me Will we find the answers here and now
Ride to the stars - We ride to the stars Prepare our odyssey Side by side we're standing strong Born to conquer the universe Back to back we stand as one On and on through space and time We are riding the twilight sky
With bravery the quest goes on A journey to a new home Leaving mother earth We follow distant voices