Visigoth-Conqueror’s Oath Review

Visigoth, the name itself invokes images of hardened warriors fighting in the humid land of Hispania, fighting off invaders and each other. The band’s style and lyrical content seem to fit such an image. Their debut album, released in 2015, was a great introduction, inspiring themes of fantasy and games, and now they’re back. The front cover of this album paints an accurate picture of a Warrior Queen, and enables the listener to really get to grips with is about to come.

The opening number is the anthemic Steel and Silver. With its big vocal lines, it driving rhythms, and solid guitar leads, this is a song that is meant to be played loud and live. A true metal anthem. Warrior Queen follows next, with big walls of guitars, hard-hitting melodies and lyrics about a bad ass warrior woman intent on bringing all to heel before her. The soft melodies in the middle, belie the hardness of the track. Outlive Them All is another fast number, singing praises to living and dying by the sword. Well, not quite dying, but earning glory and living through the ages. Hammerforged enters with harmony guitars, before moving into a clean guitar break, as vocalist Jake Rogers belts out a haunting melody. It then progresses into an absolute headbanger, continuing the epic nature of the album.

The album continues on its metal anthem cruise with Traitor’s Gate, a song that contains heavy riffs, melodious intervals, big broad vocal lines, big choruses and an epic solo or solos to boot. Salt City is a rocker, a tribute to the band’s home. Blades In The Night and the title track, Conqueror’s Oath continue the charge, bringing the album to a roaring close.

With Conqueror’s Oath, Visigoth has more than made up for the three-year gap between their albums. It is filled with songs that will carve their names into metal history, and ensure that the band develops a big rapport when playing live. Get the album when it comes out on February 9th.


Visigoth Interview

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In December, I was fortunate enough to speak with Jake, the vocalist of rising metal stars, Visigoth:


1. What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?

“We had a big list of names, and we checked through all of them. Visigoth was the first name that wasn’t taken, or at least not by any band that was still active. The name was also pretty cool as it had historical connotations with its links to the historical Visigoth people. As for our influences, well bands like Omen, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Riot, Jag Panzer, Solstice, Candlemass, Running Wild and Scorpions were big influences for us.”

2. Could you talk us through the writing process for the new album?

“Our music was primarily written by our guitarist Lee, who would write parts or a whole song. I think Jameson our other guitarist wrote one song, we’d work together once the initial songs were created, to tighten them and make them perfect. That was the process for all the songs, I think on the record songs that stand out the most to me include Warrior Queen and Traitor’s Gate. The lyrics for these songs were always written last, usually on the day of recording.  As for what we wanted to achieve for the album, we wanted to journey to another place and time. The integral themes of the album were fantasy storytelling, and you know, finding the inner strength to deal with the challenges of life.”

3. What plans have you got for the future?

“Our album comes out in February, then we’re heading out on tour. We want to release our third record much quicker than our second one, we’ve already started putting songs together.”