R.U.S.T. (Rock Under the Sign of Thunder) from Romania is another band revisiting the past, and reviving classic, old school, heavy metal. Legends is their debut on Germany's Pure Underground Records. You'll hear influences from Accept to Iron Maiden to Judas Priest to their heroes, Manowar. Some of it's curiously interesting but average charging heavy/power metal like the self-titled R.U.S.T. and Seven Seas. Sometimes the metal is efficient, deliberate, and downright catchy like Firestorm, and the bonus biker song Big Bad Harley.
Yet, R.U.S.T. display a more clever and stirring side when they visit the epic side of metal. This comes out first on Warriors of Heaven, but expands to better proportions on Sign of the King and its Prelude. Latter The Rising offers another ambitious slant allowing vocalist Mircea Cristea to hold his own against acoustic guitar at the outset, and then a linger metal crescendo of guitars and drums. This is encouraging as sometimes he's seems muted or overextended.
Overall, for classic heavy metal, with solid sense of melody, charging heaviness, and sometimes epic feel, R.U.S.T. delivers some fine material. Perhaps some assistance from a veteran producer will up their creative edge, without diminishing fist-pumping rawness. Recommended.
Overall, for classic heavy metal, with solid sense of melody, charging heaviness, and sometimes epic feel, R.U.S.T. delivers some fine material.
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