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Definitely up there with The Hellion and the likes. Most of the songs found on here are plain asskickers, but there are a few downers to be found. The Truth is a midpaced song, which is too groovy for it's own good. It seems out of place, and is generally pretty boring. The Ballad of Mary Queen of Scotland is also pretty average. It begins very nicely, and features the album's only appearance of Chris' clean vocals and some mesmerizing work on the keyboards, but it just never gets anywhere.
But aside from these two songs, this album will kick you in the nuts over and over. Song highlights The opener Scotland United is a classic.
Catchy and fast main riff, big singalong chorus, a blistering solo. What more can you ask? The Dark of the Sun follows the same concept, and does it really fucking well. Killing Time has that amazing melodic-but-heavy chorus, closing track Culloden Muir is a heavy slab of speed metal yet also captures the sadness of defeat that the Scots go through in the lyrics, and The Bruce is a midpaced crusher.
But three songs stand out among the rest. First, we have William Wallace Braveheart , which is probably the very best song on here.
The riffwork is fucking nuts, and the melodic post-chorus part is just beautiful. Oh yeah, you get some of Chris' clean vocals here too Next up is The Battle of Flodden. Let me tell you, that main riff is a fucking monster! It's not as fast as William Wallace, but it's no less amazing. The atmosphere on this song is much darker, and quite sad.
But this is no ballad, this is fucking intense. Did I say that the William Wallace verses were powerful? Oh hell yes, they are. If you're not dead, this will give you goose bumps all over.
While not being quite as absolutely-fucking-amazing as the other two I mentioned, this is nonetheless awesome, and also arguably the most well-known Grave Digger. Huge fucking singalong chorus, the best on the album, killer riffwork and a really fucking cool bagpipe part in the middle. All in all, with two exceptions this album owns from beginning to end.
The intense speed metal combined with power and heavy metal influences along with the epic atmosphere creates a journey unlike any other. While the stuff Grave Digger writes isn't too original, they perfect the sound so many other bands tries to achieve.
Final conclusion: Buy this album. Metal Archives loading Username Password Login. Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R. Translate Email Print. Scotland United 2. The Dark Of The Sun 3. William Wallace Braveheart 4.album: "Tunes Of War" () 1. Scotland United 2. The Dark Of The Sun 3. William Wallace (Braveheart) 4. The Bruce 5. The Battle Of Flodden 6. The Ballad Of Mary (Queen Of Scots) 7. The Truth 8. Cry For Freedom (James The VI) 9. Killing Time .