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Review: Possessed Steel - Aedris
Possessed Steel

Label: Temple of Mystery Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 46:02
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: November 3, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

This Canadian band released a few EPs, broke up for a few years, and now is back together with their first full-length album of metal that's dedicated to harking back to the sounds of the '80s and the classic era of True Metal. There's a definite similarity to Manilla Road, as well as more modern sounds like Visigoth, while the vocal style and even some of the melodies remind me of the classic Cloven Hoof albums like Dominator or A Sultan's Ransom.

This album is nicely heavy, with real meat on the guitar tone, and a production that sounds gritty and real without being muffled. Vocals are a mostly midrange clean style, with some use of harsh rasps which I don't think need to be there. This album is solid all the way through, with some real standout songs that get your attention, like "Spellblade", "Bogs of Agathorn" and the hooky "Skeleton King". Generally, when this band speeds up, they don't sound as good, and the rolling midpace riffing is where they shine. A really good debut from a band to watch.

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