|Review: Sacred Steel - Iron Blessings|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 24, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
I've had a lot of time to digest this one, the fifth Sacred Steel album, and after a lot of spins I have to admit that it just is not as good as "Slaughter Prophecy". Yes, Gerrit Mutz has tamed his yawping on this album, and so the vocals are actually not bad, a first for this band.
There are some quite good tunes here, as the smashing opener "Open Wide The Gate" will attest. Other standouts include the catchy "Victory Of Black Steel" and "Crucified In Heaven". None of these songs are bad, and Sacred Steel remain dedicated to their evil-flavored ultra-fucking heavy True Metal. No keys, no happy melodies, just smashing riffs and a bad attitude. But the good songs here are not as good as the good songs on "Slaughter Prophecy". Nothing here is as cool as "Crush The Holy, Save The Damned", for example. There's just no comparison. On the other hand, with Gerrit laying off the squeals, there are no clinkers like "Pagan Heart" either. It would all even out if the riffs were as cool here as they were on "Slaughter Prophecy", but they aren't.
So "Iron Blessings" is solid enough, and fans of the band will like it, but for my money this isn't as much fun as the last album. It seems toning down their excesses just made Sacred Steel a bit less interesting than they were when they let it all hang out.
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