ALBUM Le Dernier Rempart
LABEL Gates of Hell Records
OUT March 19th, 2021
OUR RATING 82/100
With the long-awaited debut full-lenght entitled “Le Dernier Rempart”, epic HM band from France , Herzel, not only champion vocals that are sung in their native tongue but they unleash a concept born straight from their native region of Brittany.
Their name is Breton for “resisting,” “braving,” “holding on,” “stopping” and preventing.”
The word possessed so much power for the band that they has chosen it as their monicker eight years ago.
Influenced by US epic Metal legends such as MANILLA ROAD or Omen, Herzel was formed by Thomas Guillesser, joined next by drummer Ion Philippon, guitarist Kévin Le Vern and bassist Mordiern Le Dissez. Second guitarist Gurvan Lardeux was the last member and shortly thereafter, Herzel got to work on its debut demo, Unis dans la gloire, released in 2015.
Le Dernier Rempart’s tracking began in February 2020 at Novomax studio in Quimper, France. However, due to the 2020 pandemic, the band had to wait until June and July to record the remaining instruments and vocals at Lardeux’s home studio.
The first shot is MAITRES DE L’OCEAN, so squared and classic, with tempo changes that provide many variations, moving between epic and traditional HM vibes.
LA FLAMME starts with a fast solo and is closer to first NWOBHM mood, while BERCEAU DE CENDRE, opened by a folk interlude, shows a first instrumental part, an almost progressive style and a fast last slice.
L'épée des Dieux starts epic and majestic, becoming lilting or galopping at times, an awesome track.
L'ultime Combat is the last epic anthem, with self-confident vocals, that ends in the best way this great platter.
EPIC METAL ALIVE AND KICKING..ANOTHER SMART BAND FROM FRANCE TO SUGGEST!!
Mordiern Le Dissez BG
Gurvan Lardeux GT
Kèvin Le Vern GT
Thomas Guillesser VC
Ion Philippon DR
01 Maîtres de l'océan 8:36
02 La Flamme 5:16
03 Le Dernier Rempart 1:42
04 Berceau de Cendre 7:19
05 L'épée des Dieux 5:23
06 L'ultime Combat 7:42