|Review: Sacred Leather - Ultimate Force|
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: February 21, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Sacred Leather is a relatively new band from Indiana in the Unites States Midwest, but you'd swear they were from the United Kingdom circa 1980 upon hearing their full-length debut, Ultimate Force. Judas Priest is the prime reference, something easily confirmed by checking out the cornucopia of leather, studs and chains in the band pic on Metal-Archives. The sound is also from the late 70s Judas Priest school with soaring vocals, twin leads aplenty and majestic riffs. Songs like the title track, "Watcher" and "Master is Calling" easily evoke Priest classics like Stained Class and Hell Bent for Leather (Killing Machine, for those of you across the pond). Sure, Sacred Leather is no Judas Priest at their peak. The singer can't hold a candle to Halford (who can, let's be honest?), the production on Ultimate Force is too subdued for this kind of metal that wants to jump out of the speakers and there are a couple of tracks that don't work all that well. "Dream Searcher" is a slow, ballad-type song in the "Dreamer" mold but goes on way too long and is rather boring while "The Lost Destructor/Priest of the Undoer" has some interesting parts but is again, far too long.
Problems aside, Sacred Leather honor the classic sounds of early heavy metal well. Ultimate Force has some really fun tracks and it won't take much for these guys to jump to the next level. I, for one, will be looking forward to the next one and will be playing Ultimate Force many more times in the interim.
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