A concept album put together by a trio Axel Morgan (G), Jens Becker (B), and Frank Knight (V) this album came out to no fanfare at all and has been lost to memory, like so many others over the years. But that's a little unfair as it's quite serviceable if you like your metal traditional and straight ahead without delving into thrash or growling vocals. The eleven tracks here are admittedly a little reminiscent of Running Wild especially the first half of the record, useful but somewhat immobile riffs chugging away underneath mid range non acrobatic vocals. Production allows all the instruments equal share of the mix and is quite traditional and that suits the players as there is some nice work here and an honourable mention should go to Frank Ullrich who did the drums for the guys and does a nice job that even a drumming luddite such as myself can appreciate.
The second half of the album does introduce a few more permutations on the formula, seeming somehow a little more varied. The album comes with a booklet with fully lyrics and the cover art kind of tells you what your likely to get . And for those unsure if this is for you, here is the synopsis of the story as written on the inside front cover of the album, spelling errors and grammatical gaffes included;
"Savageland", another time, another world, where under a cold blue sun, the evil "Duke Kron", half brother of the murdered ruler of savageland, seeks to deny the rightful heir - "Braveheart", his destiny.
"Duke Kron" cannot do this until he has found and extinguished the mythical dragon "Moroth", who guards the "shield of darkness" (a force for good or evil to whom whoever possesses it) the duke must keep Braveheart from finding the shield. he therefore sets out to destroy Braveheart and all men of good heart by using his dark legions of damned souls, all what have been put under the spell of the "Blue Flame", which the duke keeps burning by the rare ore that is dug by the slave children in the underground mines as events unfold "Elnor", Bravehearts daughter, is accidently killed by himself, while trying to summon mystic forces against the duke.
"Braveheart" swears vengeance!
The "Duke" must be stopped!
To save "Savageland"!
So now you know perhaps if your likely to be on board. Though I stress the album hangs together even if you ignore the story, perhaps it holds together better if you ignore it actually. A very solid three stars but no more.