By God, sometimes all you need is heavy metal, right? I’ve opened several posts like this, or something close to this, on the blog before but it’s just how I feel, OK? Get off my back. Luckily for me, Tower won’t judge me when I say that sometimes I crave high-pitched vocals, galloping riffs, massive solos, and big, big, choruses. No, bigger than that. Think Iron Maiden‘s “Fear of the Dark”. Think Cirith Ungol‘s “Finger of Scorn”. Think Candlemass‘s “Bewitched”. Think all of those things and you’re starting to understand what Tower are all about, especially on “Prince of Darkness” which I am beyond stoked to get to premiere for you all today. It comes to us from Tower’s first studio album in five years, Shock to the System, and it rocks incredibly hard. Head on down below to hear for yourself!
Oh baby, talk sweet heavy metal to me! I love how the track starts all proto-doom, with that creeping heaviness to it that calls to mind the above-mentioned Cirith Ungol, but then transforms mid-way into a higher octane version of the sound. It does so off of the great guitar solo, vaulting off that energy and into the stratosphere. And, of course, I would be incredibly remiss, down right negligent, if I didn’t mention the absolutely amazing vocals that run throughout the track and, indeed, the entire album. So much power on their delivery, whether conjuring forth the forces which make the chorus work or scaling the higher registers of powerful screams. They really set this track, and album and band, apart from your run-of-the-mill, 70’s worship band and into something bristling with its own puissance and might.
Alright, I’ve used “puissance” so it’s time to wrap up this post. Too many words about a band that just punch you in the gut with their music anyway. You don’t need me to tell you why heavy metal rules, right? Just make sure to head on over here to pre-order the album, which releases on November 19th, and head on over to the band’s Bandcamp page to keep track of it. Hail heavy metal!