When you name your band after the patron deity of everybody’s favorite barbarian (Conan, for those who are spending their years in a coffin), you can either be an epic Viking-esque Metal band or a complete guitar-wanker band. Crom has wisely chosen to emulate the father of Viking Metal, Bathory - though there are some “guitar hero” antics (listen to those guitar solos!) as well. The Fallen Beauty ends up sounding like the bastard offspring of the atmosphere of Blood on Ice and epic Power Metal with the concentration on the Blood on Ice elements. To cement things firmly in that Blood on Ice vein, **Crom has also included a cover of “Man of Iron” that is at least as good as the original. The clean vocals are done well and the playing on this EP is really solid. I honestly wish more bands would put this much effort and time into their albums because it shows. This will probably appeal to fans of Viking era Bathory, Falkenbach or Power Metal bands in the vein of Lord Weird Slough Feg / Hammers of Misfortune.
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