|Review: Steel Raiser - Acciaio|
Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: May 7, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Acciaio is the fourth album from Italy's Steel Raiser and the second I've reviewed, the first being their second effort, Regeneration, from 2013. Acciaio still features the clear, exuberant vocals of Alfonso Giordano who sounds a bit like Q5's Jonathan Scott K. but takes a lot more chances with his screams and warbles, often straying out of tune but never giving less than his all. His English is getting better but it is still obviously not his native tongue ("Genghis Khan" one of the more notable examples). The music possesses more of a European quality this time. It is still fast and heavy but has a chunkier tone and more twin guitar melodies so where Regeneration sounded like US bands such as Q5 and W.A.S.P., Acciaio has a decidedly Accept vibe mixed in. Giordano's vocals and above average songwriting give Acciaio plenty of character, enough to give tracks like "Genghis Khan" and "Rising Phoenix" enough catchiness to raise the album above the crowd. Nice progression for Steel Raiser.
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