Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

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Tales from the Kingdom of Fife
Gloryhammer - Tales from the Kingdom of Fife - Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Gloryhammer
Released 29 March 2013
Recorded LSD Studios, Lübeck, Germany, 30 June-10 December 2012
Genre Symphonic power metal
Length 48:08
Label Napalm Records
Producer Lasse Lammert
Gloryhammer chronology
Tales from the Kingdom of Fife
(2013)
Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards
(2015)Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards2015

Tales from the Kingdom of Fife is the debut album by Scottish-Swiss symphonic power metal band Gloryhammer. It was released on 29 March 2013 in Europe.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
metalunderground.com5/5[2]
Blackwind Metal4/5[3]

Story[edit]

In a fantasy version of 10th-century Scotland, as previously foretold (“Anstruther’s Dark Prophecy”), the evil wizard Zargothrax invades and conquers Dundee with an army of corrupted undead unicorns (“The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee”), kidnapping the princess Iona McDougall. The prince of the Kingdom of Fife, Angus McFife, swears revenge (“Angus McFife”); in a dream, he has a vision of three artifacts that will allow him to defeat Zargothrax, and sets off on a quest to acquire them.

McFife first battles north to obtain a magical war hammer (“Quest for the Hammer of Glory,”) then travels to Strathclyde to acquire a golden dragon as his steed (“Magic Dragon”). Inspired by memories of McDougall, who is imprisoned by Zargothrax in a prison of ice (“Silent Tears of Frozen Princess,”) McFife rides his dragon to Loch Rannoch and retrieves the Amulet of Justice from its depths (“Amulet of Justice”), completing his quest for the three artifacts.

Allying with the powerful Knights of Crail (“Hail to Crail”), McFife travels through Cowdenbeath (“Beneath Cowdenbeath”) to confront Zargothrax in his stronghold. As the Knights battle the wizard’s forces in the fields of Dunfermline, McFife and the Barbarian Warrior of Unst sneak into the castle through dwarven tunnels, aided by the hermit Ralathor (“The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder”). Meeting Zargothrax in single combat, McFife defeats the wizard and casts him into a pool of “liquid ice.” He then uses the Amulet of Justice to free the princess and the unicorns, restoring balance to the Kingdom of Fife.

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics by Gloryhammer.

Standard Edition
No.TitleLength
1."Anstruther's Dark Prophecy"1:27
2."The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee"4:26
3."Angus McFife"3:28
4."Quest for the Hammer of Glory"5:38
5."Magic Dragon"5:28
6."Silent Tears of Frozen Princess"5:34
7."Amulet of Justice"4:27
8."Hail to Crail"4:43
9."Beneath Cowdenbeath"2:29
10."The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder"10:28
Total length:48:08
Heroic Edition[4]
No.TitleLength
11."Wizards!" (bonus track)2:22
Total length:50:30

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Guest/session musicians
  • Marie Lorey – female vocals
Production
  • Lasse Lammert - producer, engineer, mixing, mastering
  • Dan Goldsworthy - artwork and layout

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[5] 151

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gloryhammer - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
  2. ^ http://www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=7159
  3. ^ http://blackwindmetal.com/gloryhammer-tales-from-the-kingdom-of-fife/
  4. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=184126
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – GloryHammer – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 9, 2015.