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Lethal Steel > Running from the Dawn > Reviews > raoulduke25
Lethal Steel - Running from the Dawn

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.