Label: Metal Blade Records
These five Utah power-metal magicians put just eight tracks on their second album, but the average length is a fairly epic five and a half minutes – back in days of olde when albums were bolde, it would’ve all fit on one side of a C-90. Shorter tracks are fastest (Motörhead tempo only fancier); longest have Celtic, sometimes vaguely Thin Lizzy (or at least Iron Maiden)-like guitar interplay intros. Instrumental bridges are often quite lovely, too. And pretty much every song refers to metal alloys forged into sharp medieval weapons (or, uh, hammers), the better to march and/or gallop into battle against traitors with. Only real outlier is the merely 3:49 “Salt City,” clearly named for the Mormon-dominated “town where we call home,” and surprisingly chunky and (at first) even funky, given Visigoth’s majestic if frequently ponderous Anglo-Saxon norm.