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Review: Iron Savior - Battering Ram
Iron Savior
www.iron-savior.com
Battering Ram

Label: Noise Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 47:40
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 13, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Battering Ram

Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (20 Votes)
Review


After a listen to the advance clips of the songs here, I was all set to love this even more than "Condition Red", but I have to say the full album does not quite hold up to that stellar release. This is the sixth album for Iron Savior, who started out as a sort of project by mainman Piet Sielck and his buddy Kai Hansen – who you may know from his better-known act Gamma Ray.

This is pedal to the metal all the frigging way, and I have to temper my disappointment that this is not as good as the last album with a proper appreciation of just how good this is anyway. The title track starts things off in the best style possible with hammering riffs and awesome vocal lines that I think make this simply an almost perfect metal song. Heavy licks, great leads, and a chorus so insanely catchy it should go on a spaceship and be shipped to Alpha Centauri so that future ages will know all about METAL.

If the rest of the CD was this good it would be a five-star album, no question, but the rest of the tracks are a bit of a step down from the killer opener. "Stand Against The King" is a good song, but not as good. "Tyranny Of Steel" comes close, but lacks the super-memorable chorus. "Time Will Tell" has an awesome riff, but a chorus that is actually a bit irritating. "Wings Of Deliverance" is another song that really delivers. As is the slow and almost doomy "Machine World" – a riff-heavy, groove laden song that smokes anything else out of the frigging water. Sadly, we are saddled with several so-so songs like the dull "Break The Curse" and the rest of the tracks, which are neither bad, nor good enough to stand out.

So here you get about 4 absolute killers, about 4 decent tunes, and only 2 clinkers. And with Iron Savior, even the clinkers are not bad at all. Even when they are just going through the motions, this band could kill 75% of the bands on earth and leave them smoking in ruins. If you think metal is dead, crank up "Battering Ram" and call me when you can speak again. Wuss.


Track Listing:
  1. Battering Ram
  2. Stand Against the King
  3. Tyranny of Steel
  4. Time Will Tell
  5. Wings of Deliverance
  6. Break the Curse
  7. Riding Free
  8. Starchaser
  9. Machine World
  10. H.M. Powered Man
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