Fast forward one millennium: The year is (or was or will be – the space-time continuum always confuses me, especially in alternate universes) 1992 – the Galactic Empire of Fife spans the galaxy, and all is well. Or it seems to be so, until a cult of Chaos Wizards decides to thaw out the immortal troublemaker so that he can attempt to achieve domination over all mankind. The galaxy needs a hero, and they have one: Angus McFife, thirteenth of the name!
The first GLORYHAMMER disc, 2013’s Tales From the Kingdom of Fife, was an instant classic. The new opus from the Scottish-Swiss power metallers, Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards (out now on Napalm Records) is a fun, over the top album full of power metal tropes. There are tons of wild guitar and keyboard solos, gang choruses, Latin chants, all mixed up with a ton of cheese.. but it’s a refined, finely aged cheese.
Yes, the lyrics are silly, the story is ridiculous, and the stern, serious power metal fans that didn’t like the first one won’t feel any differently about this one than the first disc. Sadly, they’ll be missing some amazing musicianship and great writing. Every song is one big long series of hooks – guitar, vocal, and synths. Christopher Bowes of ALESTORM fame fills every available space with his huge synth sound, and Paul Templing is a riff factory on guitar. Thomas Laszlo Winkler has an amazing vocal range that will constantly knock you on your ass and have you ready for more. The songs are catchy and will have you singing along on the second playthrough, if not the first, and probably gesturing madly and clenching your fist in righteous fury as you drive to work listening with the volume cranked up.
Songs like “Legend of the Astral Hammer”, “Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy”, and “Questlords of Inverness, Ride to the Galactic Fortress!” will suck you in and keep your attention with their borderline insanity and amazing sound – in addition to being completely awesome song names. Every single track is epic, regardless of length. I blame side-effects from the Astral Hammer.
You should definitely pick this up – if you love power metal, fun, and the universe. If you don’t, you’re probably a dirty Zargothrax-loving chaos wizard that would be happier stealing rainbows from baby unicorns. I give this album a rating of one gazillion – what? I can’t do that? FINE. Stupid editors.
Save us, Angus McFife XIII! You’re our only hope!
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM!