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Review: Cannibal - Fire Meets Steel
Fire Meets Steel

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 25:06
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: October 7, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Fire Meets Steel

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

With a name like Cannibal, one couldn't be faulted for expecting this to be some kind of death metal band but, no, this one is a straight-up old-school heavy metal band with a punkish vibe not unlike that of early NWOBHM bands. If I had to make a very quick comparison, I'd say this is a bit like Ice War with female vocals. That's not far-fetched since one of the members is the prolific Jo Capitalicide.

If you're looking for high-precision, polished heavy metal, you'll have to look elsewhere. Cannibal play it raw and a little loose, so this stuff is more likely to appeal to those who like late '70s-early '80s metal when countless bands were forming in garages and basements all over, often showing more enthusiasm and energy than technical prowess. The vocals are decent and do carry some of that punk vibe but sometimes the melodies sound a bit off, though it's usually not too much of a turn-off except maybe on "Gates of Hell". As one can expect from the genre, the emphasis is on the guitars and here there are a lot of cool riffs and solos and the bass certainly is not content to be left behind and they even got some of that Maiden galloping style going for them. The sound is a bit muffled and I can't say that a clearer production would make this better because this is ultimately just fun, catchy, raw heavy metal served with a side of cheese, and sometimes you don't want that to sound too crisp. Not essential, but Fire Meets Steel is plenty fun while it's on.

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