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Review: Stuka Squadron - Zeppelin
Stuka Squadron

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 1:02:07
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: July 7, 2024
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)

Stuka Squadron formed in London around 2007, spending some time as Iron Knight from 2012 to 2014 after an internal schism before changing the name back, so while this is technically the band's second album under the name, it's really their fourth overall. Now that we have the brief history out of the way (write it down, there will be a test), Zeppelin is all about NWOBHM acts like Iron Maiden and Hell with galloping guitar work and melodies that strike like lightning bolts in the night sky. That doesn't make them a simple Maiden clone, however, as they have a theatrical sensibility that reminds me a bit of Demons and Wizards, partly through Captain Strange's Hansi Kürsch/Attila Dorn-esque vocals, and even has some well-done narration that can be pretty damn funny when it wants, which all comes together with sharp hooks and varied songwriting to make for an engaging and head-flailing listen that never gets old despite its hour-long runtime. Hell, I find myself liking this more after each listen, so they definitely have more going on than the average NWOBHM imitators, or they at least have more staying power. Either way, Zeppelin is an ass-kicking workout of old-school metal that I strongly recommend to any self-respecting metal fan out there.

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