Metalbox Recordings [Release date 18.06.15]
Dendera are a band I first encountered as support to Gloryhammer in Glasgow and I came away from that night highly impressed at the band’s energy and musicianship. After that night I sought out the band’s debut album, ‘The Killing Floor’, which proved to be as good as the live show with more than a nod in the direction of early Maiden.
With ‘Pillars Of Creation’ the guys have firmly put their own stamp on the music with a heavier delivery leaning more to the likes of Trivium and just the odd nod to Maiden. The twin guitar delivery of Steve Main and Tony Fuller forms the backbone of all the tracks and highly impressive it is too with solid riffs and excellent solos.
‘Claim Our Throne’ opens proceedings with a heavy, chugging riff and a strong vocal delivery from Andy Edison. The pace is then upped with the arrival of ‘Bloodlust’, a fast paced thrasher and an early highlight.
There are plenty of high spots throughout the album including ‘Disillusioned’, ‘Unholy’ and the epic ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ which closes the album. It’s unfair though to single out any individual tracks as all are high quality polished metal with a heavy dose of thrash thrown in for good measure.
This is an excellent album which is a strong follow up to ‘The Killing Floor’ and finds Dendera developing their own sound and identity. They already have a growing fanbase and with this release, and hopefully a raft of touring, I can see big things ahead for the guys. ****
Review by David Wilson
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