You can't be much more 'metal' when your band name is Metalsteel. Coming from the small country of Slovenia, at the top of the Adriatic Sea and underneath Austria, Metalsteel delivers their fourth studio album This Is Your Revelation. It's nine songs of traditional heavy/power metal.
Metalsteel took a mostly unusual approach to production, if I understand their press kit correctly, by recording each song as a band, rather than in individual parts. If anything, the songs demonstrate the band's inherent cohesiveness, the ability to play well together. After that, what you have is some traditional metal driven by strong melodies, some rock groove, sharp guitar solos, and Beni Kic's raw raspy vocals. They take a little getting used to simply because you can't tell if he's trying trying to be merely metal or give Metalsteel a more modern sound, with harsh vocals. Regardless, Metalsteel has a sound that reminds of something somewhere between of classic NWoBHM and mid period Megadeth.
After a first spin, I wanted to also conclude that this was a guitar-driven album, thanks to the fine solos. But after another spin, the guitar work is not the focal point. Though often modest in length, they're packed with power. Rather the focal point is the song. Like the cohesiveness of their performance, every instrument, player, melody, and arrangement work together producing a united, well-crafted, whole which, in turn, allows every player to shine. This is something that requires skill, talent, and confidence in you band mates. Rare qualities indeed. A good example of this comes in the late moments to New Messiah where, following a sweet solo, the guitar gives way to the bass and drums. Additionally, I was rather impressed with drummer Daša Trampuš who brings down the steady heavy metal beat without the use of double bass drums. In the end, This Is Your Revelation is strong and entertaining effort: simply well-forged traditional heavy metal. Favorite tracks: Long Time Ago, New Messiah, New Way of Thinking, and the title track. Easily recommended.
Metalsteel's This Is Your Revelation is strong and entertaining effort: simply well-forged traditional heavy metal. Easily recommended.
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 ]