THE GOLDEN BOUGH
CRUZ DEL SUR
After a few years living off of an EP and some rare recordings, German metal troupe Atlantean Kodex finally has released a debut full-length with THE GOLDEN BOUGH. This quintet has crafted a necessary epic metal affair considering the heady subject matter the outfit tackles. Brimming over with cinematic overtones and bombastic instrumentation a la Manowar while lyrically delving into Scotlandís Sir James George Frazerís theory regarding the origins of religion, this band provides a bevy of traditional headbanging fare ripe with melodic singing, acoustic interludes, and cascading choruses with discernible doom metal overtones taking the reigns throughout. Clocking in at over an hour over the span of nine tracks, this weighty endeavor renders a collection of sweepingly grandiose tunes guaranteed to be a worthy listen for those who enjoy power metal with all the accoutrements and the classic heavy metal of yore.