Iron Kingdom is premiering their drum playthrough video for their song “In The Grip Of Nightmares” today with us. I haven’t heard of the band yet and got asked to help host this, and it’s pretty good. It’s a bit proggy, and has the classic maiden/priest sound with some tempo changes. The song has a great vocal performance and ultimately an impressive drum performance seeing it rehashed in this video.
Iron Kingdom about the song and playthrough:
“We started writing this song during the ‘On The Hunt’ sessions back in 2019, however, the song had a different energy than the rest of the album so we decided it would be best to come back to it at a later date. In late 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown, we took a second look at what was to become ‘In The Grip Of Nightmares’. We rewrote the tune to be what it is today. It tells the tale of the legendary sentient sword ‘Stormbringer’ and its relationship to Elric. The two are bound together by fate. A fate that twists Chaos and Law, and leaves Elric in the grip of nightmares. Musically, this song is relatively progressive, I’d say it has some Helloween and Fates Warning like feelings. It is quite fast and driving, but also quite melodic with lots of leads and solos.”
Drummer Max Friesen also adds about the track:
“This song was one of the first we worked on as a group. It was one where I tried to make a good first impression haha. The kicks go for quite the gallop at a middle tempo so It’s a bit of an endurance run with full leg motion. I tried to feature both rides in this track and took influence from a cymbal riff by Amanda Osterman from the song “At The Gates” off of the 2013 album ‘Gates of Eternity’.”