I thought they were dead and gone by now but they just took a little break from 2008 on following their 2006 album „Mejor morir en pie“, which was still quite good but showed a lack of power in the end. It was necessary to take a rest and this brought fresh ideas to the creative pool from which Angel and his mates zip from time to time. Here we go, they are back with a vengeance, the best album since 2001 “Sangre de reyes”. Welcome, TIERRA SANTA. We missed them a lot, didn’t we? The raging rhythms from the hard driving, faster songs, the hypnotical pounding of the mid paced stuff, the hot blooded mediterranean expression from the melodies. And they bring it all back with us. I love the earthy sound that spreads so much warmth and heats up your emotions. They mix up the different styles a bit on this one, as I mentioned above. But they really get it off, even on the more gentle pieces that are more than enchanting and grab you by the soul when Angel San Juan howls his magick verses from your speakers. This is all in all a piece of classical melodic metal far from the flat assed symphonic speed tweeting too many bands have made their style over the years while forgetting how important catchy, yet haunting melodies and wicked guitars are. You can say, this has a classic IRON MAIDEN feel from the axework and you will certainly be right for TIERRA SANTA never denied their love for the old, real heavy metal. They just assimilate this for good and add their own spirit to the whole brew. This album, as I said, their best in ten years, will hit the scene like a hammer and even expand their popularity over the boarders of the genre. Welcome back, folks, you give us a wonderful time!
Sir Lord Doom