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Review: Arida Vortex - Riders of Steel
Arida Vortex
Riders of Steel

Label: Soundage Productions
Year released: 2020
Duration: 40:12
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 13, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Riders of Steel

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Last time I heard this band was their Evil Sorcery debut from 2003, so it's been awhile, and I am surprised to see that they have released so many albums since then, as this is their 8th full-length. That said, this is almost an entirely new band from the lineup of the old days, as only guitarist Roman Guryev remains from the original roster. For vocalist Evgeny Epishin and second guitarist Alexander Strelnikov, this is their very first recording with the band.

This is energetic and well-played Heavy/Power Metal with solid riffs and some pretty sweet leadwork. The songwriting is highly conventional, and the vocal melodies are kind of hit or miss. Sometimes they will lock onto a solid hook, but sometimes vocalist Epishin seems to be kind of wandering around, hunting for a singable melody. He has a decent voice, with a good upper range, though he seems to have some trouble with his control on the higher notes.

The title cut and songs like "Run to Nowhere" are solid slices of melodic Heavy Metal, but a lot of this album is just kind of unmemorable. There are flashes of greatness on this disc, but they are only flashes.

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