1. The Propehcy 2. Betrayer 3. Dead Hope 4. Dark God 5. Lokis Punishment 6. Beginning Of The End 7. Thor`s Hammer 8. Hall Of Odin 9. The Powergod 10. March Of The Einherjers 11. End Of All
The German power metal act returns with their fifth studio record, "Odin". Anyone who has heard Wizard albums from the past pretty much know what they are getting on this new output. Wizard's last record, "Head Of The Deceiver", showed the band going in a slightly heavier direction. "Odin" follows the same course of action, offering up plenty of heavy teutonic power here.
Producer Piet Sielk offers another top notch recording, even adding the expected guest vocals on some tracks. Songs like "The Prophecy" and "Loki's Punishment" are typical Wizard fare, but the band has added some nice "gang" chants to tracks like "Dead Hope" and "Hall Of Odin". "Betrayer" and the smashing groover "Dark God" even offers up some Blind Guardian styled passages, with the big chorus evident on each cut.
Great packaging and cover art adorn this metal gem, which almost seems to be the norm with most of LMP's releases these days.
I highly recommend this band to fans of Paragon, Solemnity, and Grave Digger. For those new to Wizard, start with "Odin"; its clearly their best. For long-time fans of Wizard, this album is a must-have.
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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