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Review: Ignitor - Road of Bones
Road of Bones

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2007
Duration: 52:46
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 28, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Road of Bones

Rated 3.11/5 (62.22%) (9 Votes)

Ignitor really got me going with their debut EP Take To The Sky, wielding a classic-metal guitar attack with great vocals and catchy songs, Ignitor set the stage for a major career in the underground. Road Of Bones is their long-awaited follow-up after several years of waiting, lineup changes, and frontwoman Erika Swannich's broken leg.

One of the things I love about Ignitor is that they are unabashedly and unrepentantly old-school. Former Agony Column guitarist Bat Lord plays chunky, heavy riffs that are as old-fashioned as they are cool. This is a heavier album than their debut, with more complex, dense songwriting and more reliance on the guitars rather than the vocals to carry the songs. Not to say that former Autumn Tears wailer Erika is underused - this is a tougher, more aggressive performance that makes more use of charisma than her impressive vocal range. Great songs on here include the crushing "Scarlet Enigma", the catchy "Wings Of Blackheart" and the excellent "God Of Vengeance", but there are no bad songs on here really.

The only thing I can hold against this album is that it is not as catchy as Take To The Sky. That disc was all about hooks, and Road Of Bones, while heavier and more complex, does not feature anything as compulsively singable as "Demonslayer" or "The Last King Tiger". Nevertheless this is a killer album from a band that is just warming up, and True Metal fans will not want to miss it.

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