I’m super-excited for the new Gloryhammer album, Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards.
It’s a concept album, and unsurprisingly, given the title, it looks like Gloryhammer have taken their first album’s so-cheesy-it-becomes-awesome fantasy themes, loaded them onto a starship and sent them through a wormhole deep into the sci-fi sector.
Metal lyrics often have an imaginative component — dreaming of fantasy worlds or possible futures. This willingness to break from the mundane is one of my favourite things about the genre (aside from the obvious stuff); metal is a great place to escape the daily grind and have some real fun, and fun is Gloryhammer’s strong point. Seeing them live is a fantastic experience; it’s like a heavy metal pantomime.
Visually, I get a real Space Crusade vibe from that video. Maybe it’s just me?
Longtime readers will know already that Science-fantasy themed heavy metal ticks a number of AddAltMode’s boxes, but the anticipation of this forthcoming album has had me thinking recently about other sci-fi metal bands.