Ι know that if I use the “back in the 80s” card it would sound as if I’m a metal-father (a made-up word for those that prefer the classics). But whether you like it or not it’s the truth. Only those who’d listened to the album when it came out could describe its importance/impact for its time. It came out of nowhere and created a big fuss, especially amongst epic-metalers. You can be all negative about it, but back then we worshiped bans like Manowar, Omen, Cirith Ungol, Manilla Road, Crimson Glory, Heir Apparent, Warlord etc. You would go to your neighborhood’s record store and merely by chance could end buying a masterpiece just by looking at its cover. That’s the case with Freedom’s Rise as well, this exact magnum opus of an album. It’s numbered among the 10 best records of American power metal (back then it was called epic, to whomever was interested), a rare case of a record release that consists of almost none filler. War metal, indeed, from a band that had something only big bands had, its own unique sound. That last thing is a huge deal of course, when you hear only two notes and instantly spot it’s Liege Lord you’re hearing, and it seems that every musical influences were not just copied and pasted but instead the band worked on them and improved upon whilst ended up with its characteristic sound. No, I won’t pick out any song, that would be blasphemous. You can easily listen to it from start to finish and should in fact be taught about how releases ought to be, nothing redundant nor mediocre, unlike today’s releases of 2-3 hits and 10 songs you’ll skip ‘till eternity. Now, honestly, did you really expect a review of Freedom’s Rise?  About the Holy and Loyal of our music? The answer is no, there are just some things that exist for us to worship them, listen to and be proud of being epic-metalers, yes, epic-metalers and if someone dislikes this should try kicking at rocks whilst barefoot till the end of eternity.