Album Review: Heimdall – Aeneid
Posted by Reggie
From the big boot comes Heimdall with their latest (to be) album release Aeneid. Having never heard them before my expectations remained low or I should say nonexistent. As advertised, Heimdall captures all the beautiful elements of a genuine Power metal band; sweeping melodies; emphasis on the keyboards; and of course the epic experience Power metal bands deliver. Most importantly, I happily listened to the album from beginning to end which speaks volumes considering my attention span.
Heimdall’s music comes off with more or less a happy appeal similar to what you would find with some Helloween music; a little more upbeat. It’s the kind of uplifting Power metal that makes you feel good unlike some other Power metal bands that rely on more intensity with orchestration and theatrics. During most of the album, I felt like I wanted to sing along even though I don’t know any of the lyrics yet.
Aeneid’s 12 songs (including the intro) flow well together. The album starts off with Prologue followed by the more upbeat Forced by Fate and Save You. Waiting for the Dawn begins with a vocal and piano arrangement before a cool fist in the air cadence takes over. The song’s tempo varies, but mostly remains a cool sing along song. Ballad of the Queen is predominantly a vocal track with light acoustic guitar any hymn-like backing vocals. Funeral Song follows and is a short instrumental with heavy influence on folk elements.
If this were a cassette, I would say Underworld would be the first song on side B. After a slow break from the previous two songs, Underworld brings things back full circle; very upbeat. The remaining tracks Gates of War, Hero, Night of the World, All of Us, and The Last Act compose a strong finish to a quality Power metal album. Overall, the album was enjoyable and had a more happy/upbeat feel to it. The orchestral arrangements were evident throughout, but not overly complex. The additional arrangements gave depth to the songs. Aeneid is a solid album that leaves you feeling satisfied for your power metal cravings.