Genre: Epic Heavy Metal
Label: My Graveyard Productions
Alright, alright, I know I'm a total sucker for this kind of thing. Robert E. Howard references everywhere, hand-drawn fantasy cover art, Manilla Road, Omen, Heavy Load, and Pagan Altar listed as influences by the band... yeah, I was bound to love this. Basically, this is along the lines of the epic heavy metal style first pioneered by the 'Road, and Hyborian Steel have provided us with a disc that seems to get better with each listen. There's a lot to enjoy here, but the highlights for me are the riffs (of course) and the production, which couldn't be more perfect for this album. It's difficult for me to describe exactly what it is about the atmosphere created by the music, but it is really something special. An Age Undreamt Of... truly takes you away to the Hyborian age with fantastic songwriting, great riffwork, tasteful, epic guitar solos, and a production that gives it all that authentic underground touch. If these guys keep up the good work, I think they have a pretty decent shot at becoming a go-to name as heroes of underground epic heavy metal. Mighty, true, and completely fucking worthy.
For fans of Manilla Road, Ironsword, Omen, and Atlantean Kodex.