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Iron Savior - The Landing

Iron Savior
The Landing
by Mark Gromen at 30 October 2011, 1:23 AM

Ten new songs (plus the intro of “Descending”, 47 minutes total) from GAMMA RAY friend / producer Piet Sielck, who actually formed a pre-HELLOWEEN band with guitarist / singer Kai Hansen. The two paths have criss-crossed repeatedly ever since, even though the diminutive Hansen is nowhere to be seen / heard this time around. Eighth album overall and like a long lost drinking buddy, once you get back together, everything feels good, even if its the same old thing. The ballad “Before The Pain” left next-to-last, is the only real sticking point. As such, IRON SAVIOR’s music still adheres to the Germanic Power Metal tradition: lively anthems, plenty of guitars, double bass drumming and in Sielck’s case, gritty (slightly off-kilter) vocals: reference GRAVE DIGGER / RAGE.

Unlike the early works, which spun a galactic tale, this is a collection of unconnected tunes. Surprising how Pop / hook laden a track entitled “Heavy Metal Never Dies” can be, but undoubted will have the festival crowds spilling beer on their neighbors (themselves) as they rock arm-in-arm next summer! The like-minded “R. U. Ready” name-checks various classic Metal titles, all the while sounding like a SAXON outtake, which ain’t a bad thing! “March Of Doom” is an ecological warning to mankind, while the aptly named “Faster Than All” is just that! Tasty Teutonic tidbit.

3 Star Rating

1. Descending
2. The Savior
3. Starlight
4. March Of Doom
5. Heavy Metal Never Dies
6. Moment In Time
7. Hall Of The Heroes
8. R. U. Ready
9. Faster Than All
10. Before The Pain
11. No Guts No Glory
Piet Sielck - Vocals, Guitar
Jans S. Eckert – Bass
Joachim "Piesel" Küstner – Guitar
Thomas Nack– Drums
Record Label: AFM Records


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