APRIL 14th 2015

Review by: Metal Mom

Masters and Crowns:

The five band members from Karlstad, Sweden are:
Isak Stenvall (vocals)
Fredrik Kelemen (guitar)
Per-Owe “Ewo” Solvelius (guitar)
Emil Öberg (bass)
Sebastian Pedernera (drums)

I am always willing to give a listen to any band that comes out of Sweden, why there are so many outstanding bands, I don’t know, I was told once it’s the beer. But I think it’s more than that.

I will also be honest here, this is a first for me, I have never heard of this band, so I have nothing to compare them to, just first impressions for this one. And damn, they are good, if you like Hammerfall, Sabaton, with a hint of Iron Maiden, the melodic epic style, then this is a band you definitely need to check out.

Track Listing:
1. Running From the Tyrant
2. Iwo Jima
3. Masters and Crowns
4. Behind the Walls
5. Aton
6. Children of the Storm
7. Steelbreaker
8. Eyes of the Liar
9. Fools Marches On

Isak’s vocals are masterful, distinct and all the while hitting some pretty amazing notes. Classic 80’s style. Making himself known with his talent on the drums is Sebastian with some complicated masterful beats. Fredrik and Per-Owe stand out with their heavy duty flawless exceptional guitar riffs. And let’s not forget the bass, which thunders along effortlessly, helping to bring it all together. Make no mistake this might be their first album, but they have the talent and know how to pull it all together.

I think once you give this a listen, you will also recognize a few familiar sounds, but I think maybe those sounds are what was an influence, and even though you hear it, it’s still made Lancer style, they give it their own personal touch here, they are not copies or doing covers, it’s all their own.  

I am impressed, 9 songs that give you something at each turn to enjoy. You can’t go wrong with what Lancer has accomplished here. I think this is definitely a CD you need to have in your collection. There are 2 songs from the new album on here for you to give a listen to, and say, WOW!!!, I need this.

LANCER - Iwo Jima (Official Video)