EP Review: Blazon Rite – Dulce Bellum Inexpertis (Gates of Hell Records)

Dungeons and Dragons-influenced metal that deals a deadly dose of NWOBHM and power metal complete with a resounding four-song concept. Get ready for this vinyl release from Gates of Hell Records!

Upon the 2019 formation of Blazon Rite, guitarist and primary songwriter James Kirn had quite the simple, but universal edict: He wanted “heads to bang.” While such an approach has defined metal for the past 40 years, Kirn wanted to put his twist on the genre by combining his love of obscure ’70s hard rock and power metal while exploring the vast fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. In the span of a few months, Blazon Rite had assembled and recorded the four songs that would comprise their debut four-song EP, Dulce Bellum Inexpertis, which is being released worldwide via Gates of Hell Records on September 25th 2020.

While D&D isn’t my jam, what is my jam are humongous head-bangers that blur the line between NWOBHM and power metal. Which makes Blazon Rite’s Dulce Bellum Inexpertis well and truly my jam. It will likely be yours too once you’ve experienced the 4 tracks that are on offer here.

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Kirn said he wanted heads to bang and heads will definitely be banging here. Larger than life heavy metal, it really is as simple as that. A ton of frantic riffs, energetic percussion and a powerful set of vocals combine to leave you on a high. A welcome step back to the glory days of metal mixed with intriguing power metal influences.

Get the neck muscles warmed up, they’re going to be needed.

Blazon Rite – Dulce Bellum Inexpertis Full Track Listing:

1. The Warriors Choice (Take Me Away)
2. Diamond Daggyr
3. Into The Expanse (Solar Portals and Celestial Holes)
4. Udug Hul (Summons You)


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Blazon Rite - Dulce Bellum Inexpertis (Gates of Hell Records)
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