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Great variety of thrashy Power Metal - 92%

OSheaman, July 14th, 2003

In the continuing adventures of Kai Hansen, we now turn to Iron Savior, a Power Metal band from Germany with a very thrashy core.

This band has got it going on. The riffs are pure and original, the voices are soaring and strong, the keyboards are tastefully done, and the bass is a real presence in the album, though it always complements the other instruments and never overshadows the main melody. The drums can be a little bit overwhelming at times, but in general they are quite solid and steady.

Coming Home has a beat and riff set that are very reminiscent of Gamma Ray's stuff, but the vocals are stronger than Kai Hansen's usually solo endeavors in Gamma Ray. Starborn has a very catchy chorus, while Deadly Sleep will leave you too busy headbanging to sing, although Kai Hansen's signature vocal style can be heard loud and clear here. Brothers of the Past has a guitar solo around the 3 minute mark that is nothing short of extraordinary . . . like a kind of thrashed up Yngwie Malmsteen.

There's lots of good stuff here, and nothing really sticks out as crappy. Prisoner of the Void sounds like the love child of Gamma Ray and Iron Maiden, which is not really a bad thing, but there's not a lot of original sound in it. The last few songs are kind of weak, although that last song, Dragonslayer, is not too shabby.

This is more amazing Iron Savior here. I liked Condition Red a little better than this, but there's still a lot of good stuff on here that's worth the purchase.