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dexterward iii
Artist: Dexter Ward
Title: III
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: 13th March 2020
Label: No Remorse Records


Album Review

DEXTER WARD was formed in Athens, Greece in 2009. 2009 was the year of the last financial crisis, the year of first black US president and the year the King of Pop died. The five guys from Athens are obviously fans of the cult novelist H.P Lovecraft. DEXTER WARD is one of his characters starring in the short story: ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’. The record I am now assigned to clearly deals mostly with fantasy stories as you guessed the moment you read the name of song number five (‘Conan The Barbarian’). I really enjoy fantasy and comics and I have a soft spot for everything involving Conan (aside from the sludge band CONAN, this is too slow even for me and I love Doom).

I had to be lectured on this issue because I never read the Barry Windsor Smith issues they never got printed for German readers, I did not know that there are references to Valhalla and races like the Vanir (denizens of Vanaheim of course). So at first I thought I knew better but Mark Dexter’s Conan nerd-powers surpass mine so that I have to bow my head in humbleness. Dexter’s vocals are passionate and powerful and the band plays on a high level, smooth guitars a fat bass and drums that would motivate the Valusian slaves to grind themselves to dust rowing their mighty ships toward Grondar. Sorry for the Nerd-mode but some things are close to the heart, partly I can dig this but all in all I am not sold this time because it does not push the right buttons (if this is indeed a grower I will revisit this review on my Facebook page somewhere in the not too distant future). Check them out, by Crom!


Tracklist

01. Return Of The Blades
02. Soldiers Of Light
03. In The Days Of Epic Metal
04. The Eyes Of Merlin
05. Conan The Barbarian
06. The Dragon Of The Mist
07. Reign Of The White Knight
08. The Demonslayer


Line-up

Mark Dexter – Vocals
Manolis Karazeris – Guitars
Akis Pastras – Guitars
John Tsimas – Bass
Stelios Darakis – Drums


Website

https://www.facebook.com/Dexterwardmetal /https://www.noremorse.gr


Cover Picture

dexterward iii


Rating

Music: 7
Sound: 7
Total: 7 / 10


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