This is the sophomore album of this French heavy metal band. Der Kaiser was founded back in 1981.They released a demo and two full-length albums. This one was their second album while “Vautours” (1984) was their debut release. This album was released by Devil’s Records in 1985 and now it’s being released on CD format by No Remorse Records. This release is limited to 500 copies and it has as a bonus track the first song of the “Vautours” album (“Saga des Fers”), which is a really great song. It also includes lyrics and photos of the band. The CD has not been remastered so the album retains this old-school feeling. The style of Der Kaiser is traditional heavy metal and one of their influences is definitely IRON MAIDEN. The whole album stands on high song-writing levels but I would say that “Vengeance”, “La Proie du Desir”, “Obsession” and “Le Fou de L’Empereur” are the best anthems of this album. The guitar work of “La Griffe de l’ Empire” is really great while the singer sings in French which suits Der Kaiser’s profile. In conclusion this is a really must have release for the fans of old good heavy metal. Der Kaiser is one of the best French heavy metal bands along with legendary acts like Sortilege, Nightmare, Blaspheme, Steel Angel, ADX, H-Bomb, Strattson and Venin.
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9/10 Ioannis “Knight of Light” Kaskamanidis