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Kill Em' All meets Restless and Wild - 87%

ChildOfTheDamned77, April 1st, 2010

In 2010, Canada's Skull Fist released this impressive EP, immediately associating themselves with the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal crowd. They play a style of music they describe as "CHARIOTS RIPPIN' THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES!", heavily influenced by Manowar, Iron Maiden, Accept, Judas Priest, and maybe some Motley Crue-esque hair metal for good measure. Needless to say, it makes for some interesting listening

Every band member's performance on the album is perfect. Vocalist Jackie Slaughter's helium-high vocals are reminiscent of Geddy Lee and Vince Neil, but with his own unique style and voice. Every track on the EP lives up to its title. From the pounding Sign of the Warrior to the blistering title track. Blackout, Ride the Beast, and No False Metal continue in that fashion. Basically, if you like one track on the album, you'll no doubt like the other four.

On the down side, the songs aren't very diverse. They all carry on in the same thrashy power-metallic vein of Meliah Rage and early Iron Maiden, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you're a fan of early Iron Maiden or Meliah Rage or other bands of that nature. However, if you aren't a fan of fast, sufficiently heavy, but somewhat-repetitive music , this EP might not be for you. It's not repetitive to the extent that every song sound identical to the last, it's just that you can't replay this album hundreds of times.

In the end, this album's pretty good. It isn't fantastic, though. In my opinion it shows the band have some serious potential and talent as musicians. However, its just not an instant classic. Keep in mind this is the first official release of a new band; they've got plenty of time to record something that can truly be called a classic, but Heavier Than Metal just falls short of that status.