I spend some time on Tumblr, and when I do, one of the people I follow there has been posting a whole lot of pics and videos about Gloryhammer recently. Finally, I just had to give the band a listen, and WOW, this is an experience. “The Land of the Unicorns” is a great introduction to the sound, and story!, of this outrageously space-tastic band.
Gloryhammer play “interdimensional space metal”, and to quote Wikipedia they are: “an Anglo-Swiss symphonic power metal band founded by keyboardist Christopher Bowes, lead vocalist of the band Alestorm. Each member of the band represents a character in the story concept. The band appears on-stage in armour and costumes.”
Gloryhammer’s own biography, and intro to their new album “Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex”, reads a bit differently:
And lo, Planet Earth had been destroyed by the Hootsman, with an explosion so powerful it ripped a hole in the very fabric of spacetime. And yet, Zargothrax was still not defeated, for he managed to use his last shreds of power to escape through the dimensional rift. Vowing to defeat the evil sorcerer, Angus McFife XIII followed him into the portal, with no idea where it might lead…
Mighty warriors of the galaxy! GLORYHAMMER has returned from an epic quest, and they come bearing their new album, “LEGENDS FROM BEYOND THE GALACTIC TERRORVORTEX”. In this thrilling third chapter of the Gloryhammer saga, we follow the legendary prince Angus McFife into another dimension, where he will fight with more terrifying foes and embark on more epic adventures than ever before. Join his quest to save the Kingdom of Fife, through 10 tracks of nuclear-fueled high-velocity heroic power metal, the likes of which you’ve never heard in your life. FOR THE ETERNAL GLORY OF DUNDEE!
The members of the band are:
- Angus McFife XIII, Crown Prince of Fife – Vocals
- Ser Proletius, Grand Master of the Deathknights of Crail – Guitars
- The Hootsman, Astral Demigod of Unst – Bass
- Zargothrax, Dark Emperor of Dundee – Keyboards
- Ralathor, the Mysterious Submarine Commander of Cowdenbeath – Drums