Pop quiz. How many metal bands, mostly traditional, have the word "steel" in their name? If you head over to metal-archives.com and search for the same, you'll find 211 bands with "steel" in their names. Yet that doesn't count probably another 100 that are still unknown and haven't been cataloged. So Steel Raiser, from Sicily returns with their latest, Unstoppable.
With the review of the previous album, Regeneration, my conclusion was simple: enjoy the classic twin guitar powered melodic power metal; bear patiently with the vocals. I would suggest the same for Unstoppable, perhaps with a caveat or two. Then it struck me, after listening to the album. My ambivalence rises from the simple fact that vocalist Alfonso Giordano sounds a lot like Udo Dirkschneider, only slightly more high pitched. And so the band sounds like across between old Accept and new U.D.O. Curiously, however, Giordano can be much more melodic and harmonious on several songs, notably Scent Of Madness and Dreaming Of You. Across the album, though he uses different voices, he also seems more controlled and focused than the last record. But, fundamentally, the best thing about any Steel Raiser album is the heavy metal music. Yes, there's the galloping speed. Yet the best part is simply the twin guitar harmony throughout with the fiery and thrilling leads the icing on the cake. So, I still think Giordano as merely a clone of another singer but, after two albums, my ears have adjusted to him. Others may feel different. Best cuts: Scent Of Madness, Dreaming Of You, Unstoppable, and The Last Tears.
With the review of the previous album, Regeneration, my conclusion was simple: enjoy the classic twin guitar powered melodic power metal; bear patiently with the vocals. I would suggest the same for Unstoppable.
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