Editor's note: Until recently, Iron Knights was known as Stuka Squadron. Due to ongoing legal action against the band for alleged trademark infringement by a disgruntled former member the band was forced to change their name.
UK's favorite vampiric Luftwaffers return with their second album, New Sound of War, and it basically picks up where Tales of the Ost left off.
Once more Iron Knights gives listeners a full platter of traditional melodic heavy metal in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal tradition. They mix their sounds with more stories of war, battle and, of course, vampires. That latter subject arises on possibly the most catchy tune here, Tell Me Strange Things.
What's most recognizable here is Iron Knights's precision in performance; it's dangerously meticulous, nearing a sterile quality. However, listening to the significant bass line in Feeder of Crows or Desert Fox, or exact guitar line of the instrumental Immortals, one can appreciate their thoroughness. Yet, fundamentally, their formula is simple: melodic heavy metal with a tight chugging rhythm section, strong clear vocals, and rich guitar solos, and it all sounds really good.
Essentially, with New Sound of War, Iron Knights stay the course; they've found their groove and they're sticking with it. Good for them and fans of classic heavy metal everywhere. Easily recommended.
Essentially, with New Sound of War Iron Knights stays the course; they've found their groove and they're sticking with it. Good for them and fans of classic heavy metal everywhere.