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Lethal Steel - Running from the Dawn

Caliginously Stalking, Bonny Lass With Sword, NWOTHM Style - 72%

CHAIRTHROWER, May 14th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2020, CD, High Roller Records (Limited edition)

Can a heavy metal record's cover (t)art be any more fetchin'?! Well, perhaps with fish net fodder and a few choice tats, maybe, but even then...As for music doing the (s)peaking, Sweden's Lethal Steel ripped a page out of the ole new wave of traditional heavy metal cookbook (The Joy Of Hex) in order to serve this indelible four-course platter which mixes up classic fellow Boreal bounty akin to revved up and raw Lord Fist and, say, that starkly refulgent, yet darkly disused, Gothenburg cityscape'r/gothic caper In Solitude...

Notwithstanding a cleanly inceptive, albeit soon thrash-ed the frig-out pair of openers in "Weekday Refugee" (which could've constituted ninth commencement piece on the lads' kinked out 2016 full-length debut, Legion of the Night) and considerably longer, mercurially shuffle-some "Stay Away", front man Viktor notoriously and/or lugubriously brings to (assaulted) mind In Solitude's Nils Pelle Åhman aka HORNPER - obviously, a further Trans-Baltic man of capital letters - whilst some of his end-verse inflections, particularly on latter track, along with the fast-paced, hammer-on sh(l)ock fest which is "Ge Allt" i.e "Give All", combined with the circuitously rampant riff-age, make me think, however verdantly, of Lord Fist's Green Eyleen, a truly melodic sleeper from 2015.

To wit, Vik's quavering, at times downright warbling, enunciations on Frank Miller approved finale "City of Sin" smack of In Sol's wickedly Samhain-ian graveyard crooner -- that said, and excuse the steel boot horn, but when in [email protected]#$% will said old school once-was-mainstay re-enter the arena or fray?!

Courtesy of High Roller, Running From The Dawn (or damsel) tucks itself, however slyly, for your ribald NWOTHM inclinations, back to bed with only 500 copies of tri-colored 7", with spate of CDs 'twixt stygian fields of raucous, fist-pumpin', heavy metal!

A Little Tribute to Iron Maiden - 80%

raoulduke25, March 27th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2020, CD, High Roller Records (Limited edition)

The Swedes have never been strangers to heavy metal. And even though many of their heavy metal releases from the eighties ended up buried in obscurity, anybody who has taken any time at all to plough through a cursory sampling of albums from that scene will tell you how exceptional it truly was. Pound-for-pound, Sweden could arguably be the most consistent exporter of quality heavy metal in the world. So it should come as no surprise to see that Lethal Steel is continuing the tradition with their latest release, a feisty four-track EP that encapsulates what so many of us love about Swedish heavy metal.

Running from the Dawn is a natural follow up from their last release. At its most basic level, it's just a continuation the paths opened up in Legion of the Night, albeit with a bit more speed and some interesting change-ups along the way. Taken as a whole, this EP plays like a miniature tribute to Iron Maiden. The first track opens up with a slow acoustic intro that ultimately breaks out into the fast galloping riffs that characterise the remainder of the album. The bass playing is inventive and flashy, and the guitar solos are melodic and captivating. But that isn't all. "Weekday Refugee" builds suspense throughout the song only to deliver a couple absolutely splendid tempo changes that are strongly reminiscent of Iron Maiden's Seventh Son. And though the vocalist doesn't really sound much like the epic Dickinson, his delivery is still charged with all the oomph and grandiose vibrato you need.

I've never been a rabid collector of EPs as I generally prefer the listening time of a full-length album, but I'll always take an EP with no filler over a half-baked LP. And Lethal Steel have delivered exactly that with this release: four well-balanced songs with a few obvious hat-tips to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. It may not be the best EP you've ever heard, but it's good enough to warrant a listen from any true heavy metal fan.

Originally written for The Metal Observer.