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Eternal Champion
(The Armor of Ire)
2016
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre:
Heavy metal
Sounds Like:
Hammerfall, Edguy, Dragonland
Behold and welcome to the realm of Eternal Champion! The five-piece outfit hailing from Texas have released a mighty impressive debut album of pure, unfiltered heavy metal. Lead vocalist Jason Tarpey and company thrive on the classic galloping heavy metal riff that will bring out your inner warrior. While Eternal Champion doesn’t break new ground, they have injected enough originality to the point where they stand out among their metal peers. Do yourself a favor and sit back, crack open a sixer and crank out some Eternal Champion with us.

What are the highlights of the album?
After the initial intro of the opening track “I Am The Hammer,” you will be instantly transported back to a time when heavy metal felt pure and ruled the earth. The rhythm is in classic metal form and the vocals are slightly echoed, which adds a trippy element. Track seven “Sing a Last Song of Valdese” is pure metal ecstasy. The headbanging riff at 3:30 just sucks you in and the rhythmic changeups are very impressive. Plus the varied styles vocal really elevates this track. “The Last King of Pictdom” is a heavy metal rhythmic beast, as the Maiden-like dueling guitars are very infectious.

How is the production value?
We love the production on The Armor of Ire. It has a homegrown quality and is not too polished. Sometimes when heavy metal is over produced it can take away from the overall feel. It has a rustic metal quality that will sound epic in their shows… we look forward to catching these guys on the road.

How is the vocal performance?

Jason Tarpey is a powerful vocalist, you wouldn’t think the band is from Texas, but perhaps hail from Europe. As strong a the vocals are, they do not overpower the music, which is key for us.

Does the album art reflect the music?

Yes indeed, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you see this cover. And what’s not to love about a painting that resembles Conan the Barbarian.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?

Since the band is from The Lone Star State, grab yourself some Texas brewed Shiner Bock.

What are our final thoughts on The Armor of Ire?
Eternal Champion has released an impressive debut album that awakened the heavy metal soul of Rotation11. The Armor of Ire takes us back to the late 80s or early 90s when heavy metal was pure and ruled the metal world. - 11/1/2016

Tracklist:
1. I Am The Hammer 05:17
2. The Armor of Ire 04:55
3. The Last King of Pictdom 04:13
4. Blood Ice 02:03
5. The Cold Sword 04:02
6. Invoker 04:28
7. Sing a Last Song of Valdese 06:04
8. Shade Gate 03:14

Band Members:
Jason Tarpey – vocals
Blake Ibanez – guitar
Carlos Llanas – guitar
Arthur Rizk – drums
John Powers - guitar

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