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Album: Dinosaur Warfare Pt. 2 – The Great Ninja War
Genre: Power Metal
Release: 24.06.2022 (via Napalm Records)
The promotion material was provided by Napalm Records!, thanks a lot for the support!
Just a little warning before you read this article: If you expect a serious and in-depth album, you’ll be disappointed.
If you however foster a borderline-unhealthy obsession with ninjas, lasers, dinosaurs and curious combinations in general, then this is just for you!
We’re talking about the new VICTORIUS album called Dinosaur Warfare Pt. 2 – The Great Ninja War which will be released on June 24th 2022!
Power metal is know for incorporating various fantasy themes, but oftentimes this is limited to dragons, princesses and some monster that’s supposed to be defeated. This is why setting one’s own 90s fantasy into music, like VICTORIUS are doing it, is both innovative and stubborn.
Captivating melodies and comically funny lyrics lead us into a world in which dinosaurs are now working together with ninjas. In-between those epic battles, they snuck in some guitar soli and with a mammoth roaring, like in Mighty Magic Mammoth, you pretty much know where this is going.
I was a bit concerned that the songs would sound too similar to each other and that it would be like listening to the same song over and over. That fear has not come true. The album is has a very entertaining structure and especially the placement of Katana Kingdom Rising really enhanced the overall feeling of this album.
In general, I think that Katana Kingdom Rising is a very strong song. It’s not as fast as other VICTORIUS songs, but it pushes forward nevertheless and convinces with an immense hymn potential! It also enhances the following song God of Roar and its impact on the listener.
If you listen closely to this album, you’ll realize that the female choir is slightly louder than usual and are thereby slightly elevated. In my opinion, it’s something that gives the album a fresh new edge, especially since I don’t know any other power metal album where this was done. It makes the songs even more catchy than they already are.
Overall, this is an album that just oozes fun, because it mixes musical talent with catchy melodies and entertaining lyrics. The sequels are mostly not better than the original adaption but that’s not the case with this album!