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Mirror - The Day Bastard Leaders Die

The Day Bastard Leaders Die
by Kevin Lewis at 06 June 2022, 3:36 PM

MIRROR is a five-piece, multi-national band formed in 2015. They use a combination of NWOBHM and Proto-Rock to fill a soundscape with retro music that sounds very up to date by using the newer technologies. The Day the Bastard Leaders Die is their third full-length album, released on May 6, 2022, via Cruz Del Sur Records.

The record opens with an intro that sounds like it belongs on one of IRON MAIDEN’s first two albums. After that, the dual guitar onslaught begins in earnest. The vocals are often high-pitched and on full blast. The drums are galloping and the bass thundering. The guitar work varies from blazing fast to delicate and intricate. The solos feed off each other in the classic NWOBHM style that is so awesome to hear, even 40 years after the initial invasion.

Souls Of Megiddo” is heavy, with excellent lead work over the riff. Again, with the classical galloping rhythm of early 80s metal, MIRROR really nails the feel of the era. The lyrics also work well with the time period. They speak of epic journeys and tales of wonder. Much like their original counterparts, they sing about ancient tales, evil and fantastic stories. The next track, “Savage Tales,” would seem to verify this. Heavy metal and history seem to go hand-in-hand very well, as is shown by this record.

Fire And Hell” again feels like it could be on an album from 1983 by any of the giants of the time. MIRROR builds authentic NWOBHM songs, taking the time to lovingly recreate the tempos and tones of those who came before. Even the bass leads are historically accurate. You have to love something restored with level of care.

The title track, “The Day the Bastard Leaders Die” is a bit of an anomaly for this record. It is the one that starts slow, with a synth heavy tone. The good thing is, this is just an intro before the epic tale kicks in. There is a bit of progressive writing in this one. At seven and a half minutes, they have time and room to work in the prog elements and make the song just that much bigger.

MIRROR has done something very cool here. They’ve taken a genre of music that does not have all that many newcomers and have put out a killer disc that sounds and feels authentic. While you will hear primarily IRON MAIDEN influences here, you will also get MANOWAR, SAXON and many others as well. “The Day the Bastard Leaders Die” is a really well-done new album in a favorite old style. Any day with NWOBHM is a good day.

Songwriting:  8
Musicianship:  9
Memorability:  8
Production:  8

4 Star Rating

1. Infernal Deceiver
2. Souls of Megiddo
3. Savage Tales
4. All Streets Are Evil
5. Fire and Hell
6. Stand Fight Victory
7. Sleepy Eyes of Death
8. Demon Candles
9. The Day Bastard Leaders Die
Jimmy Mavrommatis – Vocals
Tas – Bass
Daniel Georgiou – Drums
Nikolas "Sprits" Moutafis – Guitar
Dino – Guitar
Record Label: Cruz Del Sur Music


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