Battle cry

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CategoryVinyl
ThemeBands
GenreHeavy Metal
EditionRe-Release
Media formatLP
Media PackagingStandard
Available since 10.02.2017
Product code348161

The legendary first album from heavy metal band Omen, 'Battle Cry' (1984) is being released again. The black re-release edition from the Metal Blade Records 'Originals' series appears as a 180 g vinyl. Perfect for fans of Manilla Road, Savage Grace and Riot.

Includes a 400 g cover (inside-out print), 250 g insert and large poster.

  • 1Death Rider
  • 2The Axeman
  • 3Last Rites
  • 4Dragon's Breath
  • 5Be My Wench
  • 6Battle Cry
  • 7Die by the Blade
  • 8Prince of Darkness
  • 9Bring out the Beast
  • 10In the Arena

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Written on: 02.01.2017

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So why is Battle Cry so special? Keep in mind that we are talking about 1984, where up until this point, Dio’s Holy Diver was the Colonists’ primary response to the NWOBHM phenomenon. American power metal was still in its incubation period, with bands like Virgin Steele and Manowar just beginning to reach critical mass. Yes, there was Manilla Road’s Crystal Logic that came a year before it, but Battle Cry was still a breath of fresh air, infusing NWOBHM with a heavy dose of speed, a formula that proved to be so potent that it became the archetype for all American power metal that would soon follow it.
There is not a bad track on this record to really speak of, with the first two ditties, “Death Rider” and “The Axeman,” jumping out the gate with some very tasty Powerslave-esque style chugs. Yet by the time you hit “Be My Wench,” you get the sense that this is very different kind of record than its British contemporaries, mainly due to Powell’s heavy reliance on punk and thrash to give Battle Cry a much more aggressive feel. On top of that, you have Kimball’s iconic vocals, which offer a different take on what it means to be a power metal vocalists. Before Kimball, the “power” in power metal meant being able to hit those high octaves on command a la Dickinson and Dio, and occasionally a dab of falsetto if the need arises. After Kimball however, the “power” could also now mean a mid-range smoothness with a tinge of vibrato. Kimball’s even-keeled performance proved to be the perfect compliment to Powell’s uptempo, highly-energetic riffs, and together they made power metal history.

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