Fire On The Mountain (Season of Mist)
By Rick Ecker
Twilight of the Gods got together in 2010 to pay tribute to Bathory, one of their favorite bands. They took their name from the sixth album of the Swedish band and performed Bathory covers. Eventually, they decided to take their combined influences of classic metal from the ’80s and do their own thing, and we can thank them for that decision.
Featuring Alan Averill (vocals, Primordial), Rune Eriksen (guitars, ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi), Peter Lindgren (guitars, Thyrfing), Frode Glesnes (bass, Einherjer), and Nick Barker (drums, ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), this incredible band has made an obvious attempt to play ’80s-style traditional metal, traversing the path tread by Iron Maiden, Dio, Manowar, and Accept. This group can really play, and hit all of the marks that make a classic album from start to finish. The songs are heavy, catchy, and the vocals go from deep to Dio-like highs in just a few seconds. The album does have the sense of being familiar-sounding, but it sounds like their influences, not a copycat band. Twilight of the Gods take the best of their influences and mash them up to create a tasty stew you want more of. One of the best debuts I have heard in a long time, and one of the best albums that I’ve heard. Favorite songs are “Destiny Forged in Blood,” “Fire on the Mountain (1683),” “Preacher Man,” and “Sword of Damocles,” but don’t think that the others aren’t good — these just stood out most.
This is one of the few metal must-have albums of the year for me. If they can keep up the standard set by this debut, these guys will be huge, and you can be there from the beginning.