This, indeed, is a compliment that can be expanded to cover the whole team.Musically, vocally and in regard to its content, »Kingslayer« reaches dizzying levels and comes with divine guitar work and untamed passion. The act of coming free from RAGE resulted in a band with big ambition. That’s again mirrored in the unusual contents of the album. The symphonic mid-tempo smasher ‘Hail To The King’, for example, is about king Dhatusena of Sri Lanka. “In 473, his own son dethroned and immured him,” Smolski is inaugurating the merry history lesson. Equally dark is the background of ‘Regicide’, telling of the assassination of King Henry VIII by a monk. What else? Schizophrenic kings being driven to suicide by one of their courtiers or an infamous pirate queen no one could kill. It should be clear by now: Against an album like »Kingslayer« even »Game of Thrones« doesn’t stand a chance. These true stories are more gripping, more legendary… and of course a lot bloodier!