France's Elvenstorm brings the metal old school on their debut album Of Rage and War. Fronted by female lead singer Laura Ferreux, Elvenstorm revisits traditional Eighties speed metal.
Those two facts are likely the only things you need to know about this band. Essentially, the band bursts from the gates with Winds of War, puts the pedal to the metal, and doesn't stop speeding to the end. Along the way you get some ripping guitar solos and Ferreux's clean metal vocals. She's pretty good, too, never straining and always control. Ultimately, the pace seems to be the singular characteristic of each song, with the possible exception of the mid-tempo, Raven in a Blackened Sky. But even this song has faster moments.
Consequently, if you like some variation in your traditional heavy metal, you're not going to find it here. It's all speed and more speed metal. As far as that goes, Elvenstorm is right on target with Of Rage and War.