It's with a great sense of pride that I can introduce to Dangerdog readers another American band, Zuul from Illinois, that plays traditional heavy metal. This foundational metal is basically underground here, being smothered by the likes of harsh modern metalcore and nu-metal. Zuul has a larger following in Europe; it's no wonder they're signed to and delivering their second album, To The Frontlines, on Germany's High Roller Records.
To The Frontlines offers nine songs of classic melodic heavy and power metal sharing a kinship with NWOBHM and its early Eighties American interpretation. Waste of Time likely the best representation of this hybrid; it has colossal depth, sounding like a blend of Iron Maiden and Manilla Road.
Generally, most songs have a quick pace, some with moments of moderation like Bounty Land, good melodies, and lots of grand guitar solos. As for the vocals, there's no death or growling bullshit to be found. However, Brett Batteau's vocals do seem more than a bit muffled, the only real downside to the album. Conversely, on a positive note, there's great re-recording of Skullsplitter, one of their best songs. Otherwise, with To The Frontlines, Zuul delivers tried and true heavy metal. Easily recommended.
Note: American readers can bypass Euro conversion fees and expensive shipping costs by buying from the band; simply message them on Facebook.