ANCIENT EMPIRE - Wings Of The Fallen LP (Black Vinyl)
Ancient Empire

ANCIENT EMPIRE - Wings Of The Fallen LP (Black Vinyl)

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I'll allow myself a certain liberty by wantonly ascribing King Midas status to Ancient Empire's grand magus Joe Liszt, as it feels everything he touches, or creates, turns into heavy metal gold, if the San Francisco based trio's last couple of releases are of any indication. Sure, its 2014 debut, When Empires Fall, suffered slightly from a relatively slow-burning opener in "Shadows of the Cross" (to wit, its MA track listing still requires a bit of re-arrangin'), while 2017's The Tower felt slightly overblown, if not downright thematically off-course compared to the rest of the Californians' "grass roots heavy metal' song vault. Hence, I'm unsure how to rate this past September's fifth instalment, Wings of the Fallen, as, although it's logically crafted and sequential to past efforts, fail to pine for it to the same sky-high extent as AE's dual master strokes, namely, 2016's Other World and its conducive successor, last year's equally thrilling and phenomenal Eternal Soldier.