Hailing from Austria, Liquid Steel was born as a cover band playing Eighties heavy metal. With roots and influences deep into Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Diamond Head, and most anything NWoBHM related the band got to writing original material. After an EP, the band gives us their full-length debut, Fire In The Sky.
To say that this band and this album hearken back to the glory days of traditional heavy metal is no exaggeration, nor an understatement. Liquid Steel essentially nails the genre with skill and enthusiasm. From the pitched, sometimes screamo vocals, to the twin guitar harmonies and leads they get the trademarks of this classic form of metal. They add an impressive sturdy rhythm section with some very articulate drums, and then they wrap everything up in solid melodies. This is how the classic heavy metal sound is done. Simple.
Most songs collect around a mid-tempo to brisk pace like Samurai, Scream in the Night, or Liquid Steel. But then there's Speed Demon which, like the name implies, is fierce speed metal. Oceans, a very good instrumental, varies the pace throughout, but mostly demonstrates the strength of the band's composition and musicianship. The guitar lines are quite sharp and engaging. King of Avalon, the longest track, goes for the quintessential metal opus with a steady development and lots of stinging guitars. Also, throughout the vocal arrangements are quite pleasing, clean and harmonies, with a few ear-splitting screams tossed. All in all, for classic heavy metal in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal tradition Liquid Steel is the real deal. If you love the genre, then Fire In The Sky should be on your short list for purchase. Easily recommended.
For classic heavy metal in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal tradition Liquid Steel is the real deal. If you love the genre, then Fire In The Sky should be on your short list for purchase. Easily recommended.
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