With their third full-length effort, Icons of the New Days, Lords Of Black have crafted a robust collection that draws from the influences of traditional heavy metal with elements of progressive metal thrown in the mix. Tracks like opener, "World Gone Mad," "Not In A Place Like This" and the title cut set the bar high for an album that is sure to be a contender for metal album of the year. "Forevermore" and "The Way I'll Remember" are stunning and powerful metal tunes while fellow standouts like "When A Hero Takes A Fall" and "Wait No Prayers For The Dying" will have you thrusting your fist to the sky. As has become the band's tradition, epic songs like "King's Reborn" and "All I Have Left," the longest song ever written by Lords Of Black, anchor the proceedings. Once again produced by Tony Hernando and Roland Grapow (who also handled mixing and mastering duties), the production and quality of the song arrangements are another decisive factor in the greatness on display here. Last but not least, Felipe Machado has delivered another stunning album cover.