Let's cut to the chase. Italy's Iron Jaws plays old school Eighties heavy speed metal. Simple. Guilty of Ignorance is their second album, now on Germany's Pure Steel Records, a good fit for both.
Certainly Iron Jaws is not ignorant about the basics of heavy speed metal. They've got the fast, bristling, pace reinforced by a strong rhythm section and a fair share of ripping guitar solos. The vocal arrangements are true old school with lead singer backed up by the customary shouts or chants. In the case of Iron Jaws, the lead vocals are monotonous snarl-singing backed up by mostly harmonious vocals.
The vocals are likely the weak spot here simply because Andrea 'Mixy' Finotti sounds the same throughout, at times like a poor screamo clone of Bonn Scott. Yet, travelling through ten tracks including two bonus tracks, the songs themselves can seem redundant, running together. Some of this comes from the inherent nature of speed metal: go fast and play loud, end of story. Conversely, on the bonus track, Iron Jaws can mix up the tempo and the vocals, showing more creativity. Otherwise, Iron Jaws is pretty good at doing what the like: delivering old school Eighties speed metal. If you dig it, get it.
Iron Jaws is pretty good at doing what the like: delivering old school Eighties speed metal. If you dig it, get it.
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