Why It’s Important For You to Listen to Noble Beast

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When your favorite genre’s subject matter typically alternates between death, dying, killing, Satan, and dying, you need something to remind you that there are good things left in this world – like imagining a fantasy world that actually has good things in it. Where the winged dragon roams the skies above castle-crowned hills and everflowing streams. Where valor is prized above all and conflicts are reduced to the glorious simplicity of steel versus steel. Where climbing your staircase doesn’t make you gasp for air and you can hide your frankly impressive acne under an iron crafted helmet. Doesn’t that sound nice? Well, my bummed-out brethren, Noble Beast can take you there.

Fantasy

Way better than your stupid life.

The sad truth is that Noble Beast‘s self-titled debut was overlooked by too many of you self-proclaimed metalheads when nary a soul should have missed it this year. Throw yourself at the feet of the metal gods and beg forgiveness, because I can’t remember the last time I heard a cut of ballsy power metal this good, let alone on a new band’s debut album.

Riffs unparalleled in their supreme headbangability trade off with choruses so catchy they’ll claim your feeble mortal mind and nourish it throughout the day with power and metal wisdom. Rob Jalonen’s vocals are incredibly theatrical but also rugged and robust, which stands out refreshingly in the endless sea of castrated male singers that dominate the genre. He stands with Joakim Brodén of Sabaton as proof that power metal needs more baritones.

These anthems of heroism and steadfastness in the face of certain death will send direct a pillar of undiffused zeal to your shriveled heart raisin and cause the darkness to flee to the unknown depths of distant Cimmerian caverns. Listen to Noble Beast and steel yourself against the ceaseless beatings you subject yourself to as a metalhead. You need this. It’s for your health.

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  • W.

    That album art is siqqq.

    • Kinda wanna go play Skyrim now.

      • FUS RO DAH!

      • Amon amarth is great skyrim music too.

      • i’ve never not wanted to go play Skyrim

      • Between The Buried & Smee

        I never got far in that game, cause instead of playing for the story I just kill everyone I can.

    • Gobshite

      That’s from a Rhapsody album, Symphony of Enchanted Lands 2 – The Dark Secret. Pretty good IMO, the Christopher Lee cameo also puts a nice power cherry on top of the power pie.

      • W.

        I meant the actual Noble Beast art, but the art in this post is cool too.

        • Gobshite

          My bad. Just seen it now and yeah……it’s pretty boss.

  • Gobshite

    And that fellah doesn’t overdo the vibrato either, which is nice. It really kills it for me when a guy is warbling and wailing all over the place.

  • Flushgod Apocalypse

    Flushes? Nope.

    The only thing required is to mount your steed, grab your trusty blade, and ride into town hacking and slashing any poser who dare defy the amount of metal this album has bestowed upon you.

    • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

      CONAN will LOVE this

      • he’s just biding his time to build up the suspense…

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          This is definitely CROM approved. The riddle of steel is in display in abundance. Sounds like a typical day for a steel thewed barbarian like myself. But i know to you friends who may never experience it i feel saddened. It is indeed a majestic life fraught with danger lurking around every curve in the dusty road ahead, every cave perhaps occupied by a demonic beast , sometimes corporeal, sometimes an apparition. But the days journey sometimes ends with a couple of eager wenches and a never ending flagon of ale.
          As i read this article it reminded me of something the One and only RJD would create.

          #metalsucks is dead to me now

    • Paris Hilton

      Climb upon my faithful steed, THEN WE GON’ RIDE GON’ SMOKE SOME WEED!

  • Gurp

    Did I read that right? Power metal WITHOUT castrato? Is such a thing even possible?

    • Deputy Dipshit

      Teh lulz “Castrato”

  • Rob M

    I like this

  • Xan

    This was fucking awesome! I enjoy power metal but there is a serious lack of great bands in the genre. I shall be adding their album with Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards, Sabaton, Persuader, Lost Horizon, Dreamtale, Power Quest, Fairyland, Powerwolf, and Gloryhammer.

    • You forgot Kamelot, Rhapsody/Rhapsody of Fire/Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Helloween, Iron Savior, Nocturnal Rites, Pathfinder, Sinbreed, Sonata Arctica, and Stratovarius,

      • JWG

        This is a mighty fine list, and I mean that to both of you (Xan had me at Fairyland). I’d add Wuthering Heights (DK) and Unleash The Archers … both of whom also fit the last page’s comments’ discussion of lyrical use of Lovecraft AND Tolkien.

        …Although they might be better examples of Bands-from-other-genres-with Power-Metal overtones (WH is more proggy. UTA started out more straightforwardly melodeath).

        Also, this guy: http://sequester.bandcamp.com/

      • Xan

        Many of those are good too (though I’ve never been able to get into Sonata Arctica) but I was just labeling the one’s I had CDs for. I need to get some of Helloween’s shit. I’ve only heard a couple Iron Savior, Gamma Ray, Kamelot, HammerFall, Nocturnal Rites, and Rhapsody songs. I’ve never listened to Stratovarius and I haven’t heard of Pathfinder or Sinbreed before. I’ll have to add these bands to my ever growing list of shit I need to listen to. I already am trying to find an MP3 player with more than 140gb. I have too much music.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        You know, we have all shit on Manowar for decades now but i think their hearts have always been it the right place.

  • Paris Hilton

    There needs to be more power metal like this. Power metal is one of those genres that I think is really dumb, yet I will always have a soft spot for it in me heart.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      I like any bass heavy/raw power metal band. If there is anything that keeps me from truly getting into it, its the production.

  • Mr. Bozflusher

    The actual writing here is a giant step up

    • I agree, you satanic shitting feline fuck!

    • Flushgod Apocalypse

      “Actual writing” implies that MS actually had the aforementioned trait.

  • I wish I could find my 7 year old son.

  • I’ve been searching the web for my long lost 7 year old son. Have you toilet boys seen him?

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    You made me curious to click and listen to some power metal. Looking forward to getting round to it later, after work. Nice write up.