Here's another visit to the early Eighties. German band Prowler is revisiting the days of traditional metal born from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, only with a Teutonic twist. Now signed to Germany's own Pure Steel Records, Stallions Of Steel is the band's first full-length album.
To be honest I have mixed feelings and reservations about this album. Prowler certainly understands their chosen genre. Their sound is a bit sharp, with a raw edge, notable in the riffs. They give some of their songs some speed, like Out Of The Night and Paranoia, making their style akin to early proto-power metal. The lyrical themes are nearly obsessive, mostly about heavy metal. Actually, with the chorus of Stallions Of Steel it sounds like the vocalist is saying "scallions" of steel, you know, like the green onion.
Alternatively, there's something about the Prowler that makes the band sound old, their presentation even forced. I can't say there's a single song that really grabbed my attention. Possibly the closing number, A Maiden's Funeral, which has an interesting instrumental movement in the center, and nice guitar harmony at the end. If this musical angle was developed more often, I might feel different about Stallions Of Steel. Otherwise, I guess my conclusion is one of simple ambivalence. I could take or leave Prowler with little more than a thought.
While Prowler understands their old school heavy metal, until the last song, I didn't find the other songs all that compelling.
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