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Steel Engraved 2019 Self-titled Music Review

Steel Engraved: Steel Engraved

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

The last we heard from Bavaria's Steel Engraved was their 2012 album On High Wings We Fly. With a change of personnel, a new bass player and drummer in 2016, the band began writing and recording again. The result is their third and latest album, the self-titled Steel Engraved for Rock Of Angels Records.

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Steel Engraved

The essence of the Steel Engraved metal steel is basically European melodic power metal. The usual musical suspects inform their songs: twin guitar harmony and leads, gallop and groove from the rhythm section, and a dash of keyboards for accent and embellishment, with all things wrapped in well-crafted melody, harmony, and groove. Vocalist Marco Schober has a strong, often forceful, voice yet with some fine range. But he mostly distinguishes himself by accentuating the song melody with his performance.

As for the tunes within, you'll find the speed and gallop of power metal with Generation Headless, Nightwarriors, Rebellion, and One By One which is driven by a fine bass line from the start. Within Close Your Eyes you'll also find the rhythm section to be present and heavy. With Heat, the song trips you up with a light symphonic synth start before dropping into some rich power metal with mixed pacing. Within We Will Follow, at the midpoint, listen for a fine breakdown which features a guitar solo over a lingering piano line. The piano returns to begin All That Lies Below with Schober's voice quickly joining the melody. The song rises in parts for a heavy metal anthem with more piano parts over synths and a slight guitar solo to finish. Regarding the guitar solos, there are plenty to be had throughout the entire album. Overall, Steel Engraved's latest self-titled album is a fine return to form for the band, offering listeners a strong platter of entertaining melodic power metal. Recommended.


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Steel Engraved's latest self-titled album is a fine return to form for the band, offering listeners a strong platter of entertaining melodic power metal. Recommended.

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