“Conductor of Storms”

By Dr. Abner Mality

This Medevil is not to be confused with the cult Michigan band Medieval from the 80’s. I don’t think the similarity in names should cause too much confusion and I’m betting these guys may have never heard of the Michigan mob.

One band I’m sure these Canadians HAVE heard of is Metal Church, because “Conductor of Storms” exudes the same pure metal aura that Metal Church did. This is straight up dark metal, sometimes aggressive, sometimes moody, always heavy. It is “sub-genre” free much like Metal Church is and vocalist Liam Collingwood even sounds remarkably like the late David Wayne at times with his snarling, high-pitched attack.

The first four tunes here had me thinking this would be an all-time classic. The Metal Church comparisons start immediately with the very heavy and ominous “Nightwalk”. I don’t want to keep beating the comparison into the ground, but this could have fit on the classic self-titled Metal Church debut with no problem. “The Machination Factory” kicks the speed and anger up a notch, but not to the point where you could call this pure thrash. Excellent tune and “An Empty Glass” follows in similar fashion. “In the Distance” is a cool, pounding instrumental that shows the prowess of Medevil’s guitarists.

On the second half of the album, there’s a drop in intensity, but not a crippling one. “Angel of Rain” is quite melodic and almost jazzy in spots, a semi-ballad.  “A Sacrifice” and “Escape” move the needle back into the red with some stomping sub-thrash riffs and angry vocals from Collingwood. Then Medevil’s reach exceeds its grasp with a 12 minute cut, “The Fabled Uxoricide”, which has some effective moments, but is clearly far too long and ends the album on a disappointing note.

A few kinks for Medevil to work out, but these guys are playing pure metal the right way and have an authentic sound.