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Review: Sandstorm - Desert Warrior
Desert Warrior

Label: Dying Victims Productions
Year released: 2021
Duration: 20:59
Tracks: 4
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 1, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Desert Warrior

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Desert Warrior is the second EP from Canada's Sandstorm, a band that plays a raucous, NWOBHM-inspired style of metal. The performances have a DIY charm, but I can't say I'm a fan of the singer whose thin voice and warbling vocal lines hit me wrong. The production is also thin, and the guitar lacks oomph even though the riffs are decent. Sandstorm favors slower tempos, bordering on doom in spots and I find songs like "Desert Warrior" and "Evil Wins" drag a bit. The only song I think stands out is "Power of the Pyramids," which with its staccato riffs and occult lyrics reminds me a little of early Ghost. Desert Warrior doesn't do much for me, but I can see how others might latch on to the band's unique sound. I hate to waffle but I can really take this or leave it.

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