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There was a time when I was into Power Metal... Needless to say, back then I listened a lot of Iron Savior. This album is the second Iron Savior album without Kai Hansen (overall this is their fifth album). Nothing has changed since the earlier albums — songs are quite good. Iron Savior has continued in the same old vein — if you've liked older Iron Savior albums, you'll probably like this new one as well.
For those new to Iron Savior, they play Melodic Power Metal with catchy hooks and riffs. What I like about Iron Savior is that they stay true to their own style (you'll immediately know when you hear an Iron Savior song). Piet Sielck has powerful voice, which suits the style very well. I'd suggest you to check them out if you're a fan of power metal (and haven't heard of them before).
Production on this album is pretty solid... not too much to complain. There's occasional distortion on guitar solos, which is the result of mastering them too loud. Sielck should learn that it isn't essential to master music to the limits in order to get power. Other than that, he has done quite a good job.
Iron Savior has also stayed true to their song structure - when (approximately) two thirds of the song has passed you'll hear the obligatory guitar solo. I noticed this on the first two Iron Savior albums and they've continued in the same manner ever since. This is actually one of Iron Savior's biggest flaws (their songs start to repeat themselves). When you have listened every Iron Savior album, you know that they haven't developed much since their first albums.
Overall this album is good power metal album. It isn't revolutionary (it doesn't offer anything new), but it's still a record worth listening if you're fan of Iron Savior (or the genre).
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- MAGE (23.07.2004)
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