1. Renewal in the East

2. Dura Europos

3. Purpleborn

4. Mystical Majesty

5. One Fatal Enterprise

6. The Underground Temple

7. Oathbreaker

8. Roma Aeterna

9. Destroyers of the World


Göran Edman


Ronnie König


Filip Kolus


Ado Kaláber


Jan Tupý


Jaro Jancula


SIGNUM  REGIS: "The Eyes Of Power"      Inner Wound Recordings


Mastered by: Greg Reely   

Release Date: 12th November 2010


review by Matthew Haumschild___ 

Every song is in the same 4/4 time.

        The thing that honestly caught my eye on this album was who mastered it. For those who are not familiar with what “mastering” actually is, let me give the reader a rundown. After an album has been recorded and mixed, the mixed versions are sent off for mastering. At the mastering stage, final sonic qualities are added, eq removed or added, basically; final adjustments on a sonic level to make the album flow a lot better. At this stage as well, the tracks are placed in the right order. Greg Reely is a person that influenced myself since I was 18 so anything he touches, I take seriously, and hence the reason I’ve decided to review this album. In the late 90’s, Greg Reely was involved with a lot of metal-industrial acts such as Front Line Assembly but most importantly, Fear Factory. Him and Rhys Fulber were responsible for “Obsolete” and “Demanufacture” which are iconic in the metal genre. In the metal genre, Greg Reely also produced/mixed or had something to do with Paradise Lost and Machine Head. Some of Paradise Lost’s best albums had Greg Reely at the helm. Outside metal, he’s the man behind the electronic group, “Delerium” which have been featured in many movie soundtracks, in addition to being a fantastic act. He has also been involved in projects with Sarah McLachlan. I write this because, Greg Reely is a very talented person and he doesn’t work with just anyone.


         Now to the music!

         Signum Regis is another one of those bands where I wouldn’t be doing any justice to the group by comparing them to another band. Göran Edman sung for Yngwie Malmsteen but to be honest, I’ve never heard him. Yes, I know who the guy is, I’ve never heard Malmsteen’s music. Well, Edman is actually a very capable singer. In every song he sings with a conviction that every power-metal singer should take notes from. He’s highly accurate and hits every note in every song. He’s never off. Edman is the epitome of quality harmonic singing. To the rest of the band, the one member that caught my eye more than the singer is Ronnie König, the bass player. What? The bass player? Yes! He is FANTASTIC. In my opinion, he’s one of the best I’ve ever heard. He’s plays some of the most complex stuff I’ve heard since ChaotH from Unexpect and he played with a 10 sting bass. Seriously, if you’re a bass player looking for inspiration past Cliff Burton or Steve Harris, check out König. The drummer and guitar players play admirably as well don’t get me wrong, but the singer and bass player really stand out!

         It is very hard for me to break down individual songs, honestly they all sound good, not great, but good. As much as I don’t want to write anything negative about the band, the music does tend to run together. Yes, each song is different, but every song is in the same 4/4 time and it can get monotonous. However, I will say that it took me a few listens to get into this album.

         “One Fatal Enterprise” has this fantastic guitar intro. Blazingly fast before the whole mood changes into something that I would think Kamelot might do. I do like how the band tends to slow down tracks and speed them up at will.

         “Dura Europos” is a very fast song. I love running outside to this track. About the only thing I would change is how the drums are played. Not that they’re bad or anything, I would have incorporated some different drumming styles into it to enhance it. I like the song, I really do, but out of the whole album, I felt this one had the most potential.

         “Purpleborn” is filled so many solos, so many solos, that if someone gets off on technical playing, this one has it in spades. Every player displays what kind of metal he’s got and…it’s just an unreal track.

         I think every single bass player, regardless of what genre they play, should listen to “The Underground Temple.” The bass playing on this track is phenomenal. The song has classical music tendencies in it, which is difficult to pull off in metal. But Signum Regis really did it with this one.


         The album sonically, was flawless. The musicians are top of the line. The music however, did very little for me past the awesome musicianship. I didn’t have any real complaint on the songs themselves accept that none of them stood out to where I would sit anyone down and say, “check out this track, you’re going to love it.” When I say anyone, I say non-musicians. The tracks I pointed out above have high points but on a listeners level and not a musicians level, it didn’t have enough umph for me. I would also like to point out that there weren’t any hooks in any of the tracks, hooks, can be debated by many as a term that sucks in the average listener.  I really hate putting the band down like that, because honestly the music wasn’t bad, and the musicians are fantastic, but sometimes it isn’t enough. I can only see this band turning on other musicians and those who are really into this genre of metal. I can’t see this appealing to a mass audience.


7/10 I’m giving it a 7/10 because I know this band can do better and I’ll be watching and hoping. I am also giving it a 7/10 because honestly, it wasn’t a bad record at all.

review by Matthew Haumschild   24.10.2010

Matthew Haumschild is a staff writer/editor for gryphonmetal.ch since 2002

He is based out of Minneapolis Minnesota USA he can be reached at matthaumschild@yahoo.com and  on facebook.com

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