|Review: Ivander - Inferno 1978|
Label: Mayko's Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 27, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
Inferno 1978 is the debut album from this one-man band out of Tennessee that plays traditional metal combining the twin guitar work of Iron Maiden and the thumping, epic atmosphere of Omen. They have a nice, ringing bass sound on "Queens of Fire," an up-tempo galloping riff on "Strong and Free" and an overall nice early '80s, underground vibe on "I Bring the Hell." The sound is very DIY and the vocal probably suffer the most. I don't know how good the singer is, but on Inferno 1978 he comes across flat with no depth or charisma. The songwriting is derivative (especially the piano on "You Are My Home" which sounds like Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home"), and nothing grabbed me in any way. It's an album I found neither amazing nor terrible, just there. Ivander might have promise, it is hard to tell with the basic production, but there is work to be done for the next album.
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