If upon hearing this band you are not overcome with a wave of joy, you may wish to consult your GP. A bombastic fusion of medieval melodies and low-fi metal madness, Rise Of The Heraldic Beasts sings tales of valiant knights, fair maidens and tyrannical barons with a gleeful pomposity. There has clearly been a lot of love put into these songs, despite what appear to be financial shortcomings. The somewhat muddy production reveals what was likely a very limited budget, but the ambition and creativity that went into the song writing makes the cheapness a non-factor. Like a Monty Python sketch or a Japanese monster movie, the low budget is overshadowed by how entertaining the material is, and this album is chock-full of riotous tunes fit for charging into battle to. It’s not a hugely progressive or thought-provoking piece by any stretch. It’s a comedy record made by a bunch of blokes with a lot of fun ideas and not lot of money, and really that’s all it needs to be.
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