Here is some more metal for your weary ears.
Battleaxe are about unleash Heavy Metal Sanctuary on the world. As you might be able to tell from the title this is a heavy metal album. No apologies, foot on speaker, trad metal stylings—as if grunge never happened. Then again, this lot have a perfect right to pump out New Wave of British Heavy Metal stylings as they do, as they first appeared on the scene in 1982. If you like old school NWOBHM, then this is the new release for you. The title track is worth the price of entry alone.
Freedom Call are back in early March with Beyond. As with the above release, the band does what it says on the tin. This is power metal in its finest form and done rather well indeed. Chris Bay on vocals manages to do the music justice, no matter how daft the lyrics might be. I have to admit it took a few listens to sink in, but once it did I found myself looking forward to being able to have a listen. I mean how can you not like the soon-to-be festival favourite “Come On Home?” This is catchy sing-along power metal at its absolute freaking best. Certainly a band to watch in 2014.
Primal Fear have just unleashed Delivering the Black on the unsuspecting world. The song that really grabbed me on this one is “When Death Comes Knocking,” which is quite the tune. This is power metal done perfectly, without sounding like it is by-the-numbers or overdone, which so often haunts this genre’s albums. This is not to say the rest of the album doesn’t crank it up as well. The new release rivals their best output and is consistent in its quality.
Ring of Fire have taken on a light subject on their new album Battle for Leningrad. It is especially ambitious since they band are from California, not “Mother Russia” (a tune which features a brief history of invasions of Russia over the millennia. As you might imagine, this is pretentious as hell and quite over the top at times. The band certainly have the chops to pull it off, but it is not an album for everyday listening methinks. As with similar albums, there are times when the album comes across more as a musical history lesson rather than a power metal album.
On that bombastic note (quite literally), please stay rocking and safe out there.Powered by Sidelines