Sacro Ordine – “Heavy Metal Thunderpicking” (2018)
Sacro Ordine dei Cavalieri di Parsifal (or just Sacro Ordine) is an Italian band that plays classic Heavy Metal, and displays all of its power in their newest album “Heavy Metal Thunderpicking”. As the album title suggests, the sound has inspiration and influences by classic metal bands like Manowar and Judas Priest. Although there are similarities to these bands, Sacro Ordine chose simpler arrangements, and doesn’t exaggerate on guitar solos, double bass, or on the high-vocal range as is usual in this metal style. When the band does use these elements, it is very structured and put in at the correct time.
A short intro opens the album, with sounds of aircrafts in combat and suddenly a “wall” of guitars riffs appears in “Ace Of Clubs”.
“Faith Embrace” has good rhythm, while also being powerful.
“Tears Of Lights” transitions to a ballad, similar of what some Power Metal bands play, but it is still a heavy song.
The highlights are probably “Heartshaker” and “Endless Worms”, because both tracks can destroy everything with all heaviness. They are very fast, with double bass on drum, aggressive vocal interpretation, blended with killer riffs and solos.
The last song is “Blood Of Your Roots” it is the longest track on the album and follows a more progressive metal line.
Reviewing the entire album, I feel that the musicians are just as talented and experienced producing the album as they are composing the music. The production offers a crystal-clear sound and stays true to the “Heavy Metal Thunderpicking” theme, producing incredible material for the fans.