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Review: Ambush - Infidel

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 44:38
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 6, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (6 Votes)

Ah, the Swedes and their love of '80s music. Infidel is the third album from Ambush, and it covers a lot of '80s melodic metal ground. You've got the title track opening the album with some Iron Maiden galloping. You have the technical riff wizardry and high-pitched screams of early Dokken on "Yperite" and "Heart of Stone." They move into the neoclassical twin-guitar harmonies and Teutonic backing vocals of Accept on "Leave Them to Die" and they do not forget a nod in the direction of the metal gods, Judas Priest. The vocal lines of the verses on "Hellbiter" are so close to those on "(Take These) Chains" I had to keep checking to make sure they didn't sneak a cover in there. There are other '80s bands that jump out, like Riot and Helloween ("Silent Killer", "Iron Helm of War") and all are done so well, you just let the familiarity wash over you in a wave of '80s metallic goodness. So many bands today say they are doing something different but that is far easier said than done in metal. Ambush don't avoid walking the paths laid down by the legends and they've written so much quality music, I don't care. Infidel has been out a while as of the writing of this review but to me, the timing couldn't be better. This is a summer album, meant to be played in the car at full blast while speeding down the highway. Crank it up.

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