Thaurorod - Coast of Gold

Thaurorod Coast of Gold cover
Coast of Gold
Drakkar Entertainment
Anyone who doubts power metal’s storied and unique atmospheric appeal would do well to check out Jokela, Finland’s Thaurorod, as the sextet’s latest, “Coast of Gold”, released in February on CD via Drakkar Entertainment, stunningly incorporates the very best elements of the genre, be they majestically sweeping guitar riffs and rapidly fluttering, at times, hummingbird evoking solos, relentless high-velocity blast beats and ephemerally enchanting keys befitting a most charismatic frontman, who reaches astounding vocal registers (you’re forgiven in advance if, as I, you erroneously take him for a woman!), while enthusiastically sounding like he’s narrating ancient mariner tales from an old dusty tome beside a crackling fire and bear fur rug. Indeed, these ten emotionally charged and highly expedient tracks readily conjure images of Treasure Island or, for want of a contemporary comparison, the swashbuckling and televised buccaneering odyssey, which is Black Sails – all I need now is a hook, eye patch and wooden peg leg!
The album starts with a flourishing (cannon ball) bang on “Power” and incessantly yields bedazzling transcendental rhythms, from the riveting and hard-driving, techno styled “The Commonwealth Lives”, to the more stoically raw “Illuminati” and tranquil, as well as irenic, cleanly drifting closer, “Halla”. Assuredly, every track poignantly reels you in from the get-go while growing in intensity and mystical flair with each subsequent listen. Equally notable are the arching tempos, which effortlessly swoon between mellifluously crooning passages and outright ramped up instances of purely soaring and stratospheric, guitars and keys dominated dirges, as on the cryptically illustrious stand-out cut, “24601”. More than just an East Coast zip code or petulant Hollywood teenage drama (!), this radiant and resplendent track, with its orchestral piano touches, sweetly incepting opening lead and overall Cardiant evoking ambiance beautifully unfolds right up to its soul branding chorus and beyond (suffice to say, I can’t stop joyfully repeating it as its stuck fast in my psyche!).
Further commendable sundries include, but are not limited to, the urgent and dramatically drawn-out neo-classical humdingers which are “Feed the Flame” and “Into the Flood” – I especially dig their “rocking shred” solo sections, intertwined as they are by all those wickedly whirling keys – and “My Sun Will Rise” thanks to its incredibly tight and razor-sharp bridge riff which grippingly bursts out of nowhere at 02:04. As inferred, the drums are wound up to the hilt while the bass, despite more or less providing stout, reinforcing accompaniment, prominently resounds throughout “Cannibal Island”, another memorable stand-out piece, with its coy little girl introductory chanting followed by an uncharacteristically buoyant pace reminiscent of a Sea bound, gold bullion transporting flotilla flying the royal Spanish flag.
To conclude, I can’t recommend this enough, whether you’re a seasoned genre aspirant or scoffing sceptic. Should you fail to thoroughly enjoy Thaurorod’s “Coast of Gold”, I promise to return your piece of eight!