The story of Hanover (Germany)-based Epic Power Metal band HUMAN FORTRESS obviously was not completed. Defying the odds now, after a five-year hiatus and a heavily-discussed previous album ("Eternal Empire") on which the band abandoned from their path, HUMAN FORTRESS are back with a fantastic new offering. And the kind of quality that HUMAN FORTRESS deliver with their fourth album "Raided Land" is indeed more than impressive and exceeds all expectations. The band has managed to create an Epic Power Metal album full of their trademarks. There is a folky/medieval touch to the material at times, also the guitars are a little heavier (in a classic way) and on top of this, Gus Monsanto is towering with his powerful and expressive voice that makes the stories of old battles come alive before your inner eye. It's the combination of melodies, heaviness and their quite unique songwriting (still somewhere between Kamelot, Virgin Steele and Iron Maiden) that makes HUMAN FORTRESS stand out.