|Review: Iron Spell - Electric Conjuring|
Label: Eat Metal Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 12, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
From the depths of the Chilean underground crypts comes one of my favorite Heavy Metal albums of 2016. Iron Spell have been running about since 2013 and this is their debut album, released on cassette, digitally and on CD, this last one by Eat Metal Records. Playing a very refreshing form of Traditional Metal in the vein of Wolf, Enforcer, Black Trip and with a little bit of Maiden-esque elements, the band delivers a great effort that will surely keep you on your feet. From faster and galloping bits like in "Torches in the Woods" and "Stormrider" to slower, lead-driven tracks such as "The Witch", Iron Spell excels in making a high quality rendition of the NWOTHM movement.
Some of my favorites here include the already mentioned "Torches in the Woods", "We Are Legion" and the spectacular "Night of the Mothman". Guitar and bass are spot on and the production is really good for a debut album. Most importantly, though, is the touch of originality seen in the effort; of course, this particular genre is already becoming saturated as there are tons of bands out there trying to rescue the 80s sound, but these dudes manage to do it in a very unique and refreshing way.
As I said above, Electric Conjuring is one of my favorite Traditional Metal albums of the year alongside Eternal Champion's The Armor of Ire, Sumerlands' self-titled opus and Ancient Empire's Other World. Cool atmosphere, great execution, decent vocals and some killer tracks make this album worthy of a spot in everyone's collection. Highly recommended.
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