|Review: Street Lethal - Welcome to the Row|
|Welcome to the Row|
Label: Fighter Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 26, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Welcome to the Row
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Spain's Street Lethal has kind of an interesting discography with a couple of EPs and a live album all preceding Welcome to the Row, their debut album. And at just over 30 minutes and featuring just six songs, it kind of straddles the EP/LP line, but enough splitting hairs. These guys play music that has an abundance of melodic accessibility while retaining a gritty sharpness that keeps it squarely on the metal side of the metal/hard rock divide. The vocals of Hell Rose Lethal are in the vein of Girlschool's Kim McAuliffe, though drier and less dynamic, and you can tell that despite not possessing the greatest tone or range, she is leaning into her lines hard. The first four tracks are mid-paced and anthemic and while decent cuts, Hell Rose's vocal shortcomings are more apparent but when Streel Lethal wind it up on the double-kick burner "Tyrants" and the pulsating "Into Your Mind", the guitars and drums give her more of a cushion and the whole band sounds better. These last two tracks are delightful headbangers and close the album in style.
Street Lethal pay homage to bands like Judas Priest, Saxon and the NWOBHM and while Welcome to the Row displays songwriting and performances in need of polish, this is a band with the potential to produce some fine traditional metal in the years to come.
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