Grand Magus - Sword Songs LP (Black vinyl)
Despite one or two underwhelming moments, Sword Songs wins out due to a good balance of tasty marching riffs, classic lead guitar, and anthemic bravado, rounded out by decent performances on all instruments. Seeing the band broaden their range also bodes well for the future. The best songs here are probably ‘Born for Battle’, ‘Freja’s Choice’, and ‘Frost and Fire’, which are also those that keep their energy and focus from beginning to end. One can always hope for more from a band as experienced and with such pedigree as Grand Magus, but in the end these guys still give most of what you want, just without that extra special something.