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Death for false metal! - 90%

Sargon_The_Terrible, September 29th, 2007

Well this is a hell of a nice surprise. Ignitor are a new band from Texas, featuring Agony Column's Batlord on guitar and former Autumn Tears beauty Erika Swinnich on lead vocals. "Take To The Sky" is their first demo, and it is completely awesome.

There just can not be enough bands doing this kind of good old back to basics Heavy Fucking Metal for my money. Ignitor call to mind classic Judas Priest, Maiden, or even Manilla Road at their most pugilistic. I found myself reminded quite a bit of fellow Texans Aska, or even Icarus Witch, as their brass-knuckled riff style is very similar, though Ignitor have no trace of progressive tendencies anywhere – they just kick ass full steam ahead. Starting off with the catchy headbang-festival of "Demon Slayer" I was all smiles, as this is just first-rate old school metal all the way, with a chorus you'll be singing along with before the song is even half-over. Second track "Execution" is a bit of a let-down after that, as while it has some good parts, the song is slightly 'rockier', and has rather pedantic anti-W lyrics. "Grey Ghost" is what passes for a slow song with this band, really more of an epic in the vein of old Maiden or even early Fates Warning. The title cut is exactly what I expected: a full-speed barn burner with Halford-style wailing vocals. And speaking of vocals, for a chick who sang with such a gothy/classical band as Autumn Tears, Erika fucking wails on this disc. She actually sounds almost spot-on like Geddy Lee in the old days, as in "Fly By Night" old, but she powers it out like Geddy never did.

"The Last King Tiger" may be my favorite song here, as it showcases what this band can really do: heavy riffs, slower crunch trading off with speedy careen, and a chorus you can't stop singing. Killer fucking tune. When I first heard "Lean Mean Leather Machine" I said 'now I've heard everything: a vampire biker chick song'. It is that, and it kills, if not as hard as some of the other stuff here.

If you are lamenting the loss of the old days of US-made metal, then you have to get ahold of this, as it is one of the best slabs of American steel I have ever heard. I certainly hope this band gets a deal so they can put out a real CD, because I will be first in line to get that fucker, believe me. Even if they never appear again, "Take To The Sky" will become one of those sought after underground gems spoken of in hushed tones by those who have been lucky enough to hear find it. Ignitor are fucking cool, and I hope this is not the last we hear from them.

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A band with a great deal of potential. - 65%

sixxswine, September 12th, 2004

Ignitor is a five-piece band from Texas. They are a metal purists dream come true, incorporating the key elements that made bands such as Dio, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Diamond Head & Metallica, the legends that they are. Guitarists Beverly Bigelow & Stuart Laurence, take you to school & present us memorable, melodic & crunchy riffs. The rhythm section is very tight, though due to the production, they are buried behind the guitars & vocals. Ignitor cull from their speed & power metal influences, to deliver a well balanced six track demo. The only thing that needs additional attention are the lyrical department & at times the vocals appear to be a bit forced. Not that singer Erica Swinnich, is any slouch by any means, it just seems that, with more direction & an experienced producer behind the boards, she will reach highs that would amaze. An example of the lyrical woes is on the track entitled “Execution,” where the song lyrically, is very generic, though the arrangements & everything else is dead on. It makes you wonder if they saw that too? Currently the band is shopping this demo entitled “Take to the Sky.” With persistence, they will find a label that sees the potential that this band has to reach new heights.