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CD review: Iron Mask release the Hordes

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Hordes of the Brave
Iron Mask
(Lion Music)

The band has got Iron in the title and its the bloke from Magic Kingdom’s solo band…so you would expect a wee bit of power metal right? Well you would not be far off; this lot have a great attraction to Rainbow & Rising Force with occasional forays into Whitesnake-isms. Goetz Mohre seems vary between Graham Bonnett and Coverdale without much originality in his voice. Meanwhile the guitars have a Malmsteen (at his least anal) about them. With songs about Alexander the Great (the title track) and ‘Holy War’ you know what you are getting. Unlike some of the rest of the vast morass that fill this genre; this lot are interesting enough to pull themselves above the parapet. While not qualifiying for the premier league with guys like Masterplan; they still produce some great tunes and are well worth a listen. It is good to see Lion Music bringing such album albums to neo-classical metal fans.

Rating 4/5

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