|Review: Road Warrior - Power|
Label: Gates of Hell Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 11, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
With a name like Road Warrior, it shouldn't come as a surprise this band is from Australia (even though "Road Warrior" was the U.S. title of Mad Max II, the original Aussie title of the film). Stripped-down heavy metal is featured on their debut album, Power, and Road Warrior keeps it simple with guitar, bass, drums and vocals relatively free from effects. The singer sounds a little like Phil Swanson circa Briton Rites. The playing and singing are refreshingly organic but that also means the choppiness of some of the transitions and a few missed notes here and there are on full display. The songs are 80s-inspired as titles like "Tease n' Torture" and "Back Alley Tokyo Woman" make clear, and warts of the production don't necessarily detract from them. Road Warrior aren't doing anything unheard of but if the earliest releases from bands like Omen, Jag Panzer and Brocas Helm are in your permanent playlist, Power is going to fit in quite nicely.
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