Everybody knows the story of how Metallica was highly influenced by UK metal legends Diamondhead But did you know that they recorded Savage's Let It Loose for a demo, one that helped launch their historic career? Yes, it's true. Savage's history dates to the dawn of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. In their early success, thanks to the album Loose and Lethal, they would share festival stages with Metallica. Like the story of many bands, their success was fleeting, their career rocky. They folded, regrouped and then paused again. Now Savage 3.0 appears with their sixth studio album, the first in 11 years, Sons of Malice.
If you're going to make a comeback, then you might as well go large. Sons of Malice contains 13 tracks, over 58 minutes, of classic melodic hard rock and heavy metal. The tunes have a strong rock groove, but also enough weight to both bang your head and tap your toe. Tasty guitar licks come at a premium, including some spry stuff from Kristian Bradley, son of Chris Bradley and nephew of Andy Dawson, founders of the band.
The more metal side of things look to the opener The Rage Within, Sons of Malice, Junkyard Dogs, and Fallen Idols. For the hard rock side Monkey on My Back and Blow bring the grove, and then dig the blues groove of Black n Blue. Savage packed much into this album, and so begs the question, should they have shortened it and left some songs for the next release. Either way, Savage is back and sounding pretty damn good. Easily recommended.