Sound — 10
THe is the side project of the guitarist of Iced Earth and the singer of Blind Guardian. The title is apt considering this is a mold of Iced Earth's dark guitar arrangements and Blind Guardians vocal wizardry. The guitar is dark and heavy always comming from the shadows, while the vocal quality is filled with the epic choruses you know and love in power metal.
Lyrics — 8
This is, of course a power metal album and as such the lyrics are very limited and expected. Lots of epic ramblings of the Glory and power with the expected mystical elements you would expect from a singer who wrote an entire album as an interpretation of JR Tolkien's works. That said, the choral quality of the entire work is excellent and lyrics aside, I doubt anyone would argue the singer doesn't have talent.
Overall Impression — 9
This is actually the second album from this project. I felt this was a better showing. The groups eponomous album is more quiet and introspective, while this one is more metal. Definitely a go get if your a fan of metal. Unless you just hate any power metal in which case I can't help you.