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Review: Blackslash - Lightning Strikes Again
Lightning Strikes Again

Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 49:02
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 13, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Lightning Strikes Again

Rated 3.55/5 (70.91%) (11 Votes)

This is the ticket. Blackslash are a German band playing in the style of the NWOBHM (and earlier) on their third album, Lightning Strikes Again. This is a wonderful trip back to a simpler time when songs were about the metal life, riffs were crunchy and melodic, and choruses were just damn catchy. I like when Blackslash plays up-tempo (they sound faster than they actually are) and the first five songs, from the title track through "Illuminate the Night" are as good a stretch of straight-up traditional metal I've heard in a long time. The vocals are on the high end and the layered harmonies had me thinking of Sweet as I was singing along. The slower songs aren't as interesting, but the album ends on the high-note that is "Right to the Top." If you grew up on bands like Tokyo Blade, Witch Cross, Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang and 70s hard rock/heavy metal, you won't want to miss this one.

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