Iron Savior, featuring vocalist, guitarist, and producer Piet Sielck, returns to put the power back into power metal with their latest, Rise of the Hero. It's pretty much another raging power metal romp featuring speed, walls of riffage, thundering drums, and fiery guitar solos.
Which make it all good for those who love pure 'keeping it true' heavy metal. And 'raging' is meant in the very best sense as the music roars from the gate with intensity balanced by melody, rather than the harshness that is so often found in modern metal. To be fair there is one song that actually has some slower, quieter, moments: The Demon.
But most everything else moves along at a brisk pace, almost neck breaking with songs like From Far Beyond Time, Thunder From The Mountains, and Firestorm, by example. That last song also has some pretty terrific drum work from Thomas Nack, as does Dragon King. And that song is fine example of how Iron Savior can use hooks in melody, riffs, groove, and lyrics to create some quite catchy heavy metal. Another groove monster with a catchy refrain is Burning Heart. Then there's Iron Savior's heavy/power metal cover of Mando Diao’s 'Dance With Somebody,' which definitely grabs the rock groove of the original, but then gives the alt rock pop band the beat down of it's life. Whether these heavy metal dudes would ever hit the dance floor is questionable, but their version takes you by surprise. As I said before, it's all good, and some power metal fun. Easily recommended.
Iron Savior knows power metal. Pure and simple.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]