|Review: Merciless Law - Troops of Steel|
|Troops of Steel|
Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: September 8, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Troops of Steel
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Merciless Law's debut, Troops of Steel, was produced by Cedrick Forsberg (he also mixed and mastered the album as well as played bass) and, after an independent release in March of 2022, is getting the CD treatment courtesy of Stormspell Records. If that doesn't say "this is a Power Metal album," I don't know what does. Troops of Steel is full of the speedy, early Helloween, Scanner, etc. style of power metal that mainly came from Germany vs. the flowery, keyboard enhanced music of Italy, Finland, etc. Lone member Pancho Ireland handles the vocals and guitars and really lets both rip from start to finish. He's got a high voice which isn't the most melodic one you'll ever hear, but it suits the machine-gun riffing and blazing solos he lays down with his axe. The songwriting isn't amazing, but is very accomplished for such a young person (Pancho's birthdate, according to Metal Archives, makes him 26 as of 2022) with songs like "The Street Fighter," "There's No Superheroes" and "World Circus" stick around for a while after the album is over. Troops of Steel doesn't do anything you haven't heard before, but what it does do, it does well. So if you like simple, high-octane, speedy metal that is long on squealing guitars, Merciless Law is a band for you.
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