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Rising Steel: Beyond The Gates Of Hell
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Rising Steel: Beyond The Gates Of Hell

Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal
3.5/5.0

Hailing from the Alpine area of France, Rising Steel arrives with their new studio album, Beyond The Gates Of Hell. Active now for nearly a decade, the band has delivered metal fans one EP and two full length albums, and then toured feverishly around the European theater. Their latest and third album features new and second guitarist Stephane Rabilloud who, some 20 years ago, did a stint with Nightmare, also from the same area of France.

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Much like their previous recordings, Rising Steel offers metalheads a hybrid of traditional heavy, power, and thrash metal. Wherein they find influences from Priest to Maiden, Metallica and Saxon to Nevermore and Slayer. Their metal is driven by the power of twin guitar roaring and, often, punishing riffage, a hasty also bludgeoning rhythm section, ballistic guitar solos, and Emmanuelson's assertive vocals. He's a real screamer.



Speaking briefly to some songs, I found that Rising Steel still maintains those aforementioned influence but may also be evolving in their arrangements. That is to say rather than merely being fast, heavy, and crushing, their songs are mixing up the influences in a "progressive" metal kind of way. This notable within Infinite Pain, Life Awaits, Beyond The Gates Of Hell, and Run For Your Life. Some thoughts on those last two. Run For Your Life is, perhaps, the most heavy song here, blurring the line between power and thrash metal. The riffs are beyond crushing to start. Beyond The Gates Of Hell reminded me, not only of something perhaps more technical, a Metallica like evolution that came with And Justice For All. But I could be just spitballing here. Alternatively, the album closes with We Are Free, a brooding number that reminds more plodding darker or stoner metal.

All said, with Beyond The Gates Of Hell, Rising Steel continues to offer their mix of classic heavy, power, and thrash metal, yet with increasing creativity even, maybe, more technicality. Check it out and support the band.



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The Take Away

With Beyond The Gates Of Hell, Rising Steel continues to offer their mix of classic heavy, power, and thrash metal, yet with increasing creativity even, maybe, more technicality. Check it out and support the band.

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