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Review: Steelwing - Zone of Alienation
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Zone of Alienation

Label: Noise Art Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 41:43
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 11, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Zone of Alienation

Rated 3.59/5 (71.76%) (17 Votes)
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I had got a fair amount of mileage from Steelwing's debut album, Lord of the Wasteland. I found it to be quality romp in good old fashioned heavy metal and without a doubt hinted at good things. As I'm sure we all know by now Steelwing's sound is much like their countrymen Enforcer's, rooted in the NWOBHM.

I always felt Steelwing offered a good medium between the NWOBHM and more traditional power metal, that medium went double for the production, with perfectly archaic styles of playing heavy metal given big label modern production values. The same can be said on their sophomore effort Zone of Alienation. The first thing that hits you is that this sounds great, "Solar Wind Riders" is a good opener to the album, boasting plenty of dual guitar work and Maiden-esque harmonies, balls-in-a-vice vocals, prominent bass, and simple finger tapping, leg slapping drum work.

The band sound really on the money with "Full Speed Ahead", which is sure to become one of the metal anthems of 2012. As for the rest of Zone of Alienation, Steelwing keeps up the same kind of pedal-to-the-metal attitude which is great, and on the whole this stands as an enjoyable release. The band even keeps it up across the 10 minutes of album closer "Lunacy Rising". My only real gripe is that the material is quite similar, and of a similar quality, which makes it quite hard to pick out standouts and when compared with their debut I don't think Zone of Alienation holds up quite as well. Still this is a good release and fans of the band and style will no doubt want to purchase this pronto. Recommended.

Other related information on the site
Review: Lord of the Wasteland (reviewed by Hermer Arroyo)
Review: Zone of Alienation (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Video: Zone of Alienation (Live)
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