|Review: Steel Attack - Fall Into Madness|
|Fall Into Madness|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Speed Metal
Review online: August 4, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Fall Into Madness
I was very impressed by Steel Attack's debut album and wondered if they could possibly top it. Answer: Damn right! Fall Into Madness retains their signature sound - only a couple of seconds into the first song and I could recognize the distinctive guitar sound, quickly joined by Steve's unique vocals. One thing I noticed is that they use less choirs than they did on the first album. The guitars are also more aggressive, and the drumming is even better than before. In fact, it is obvious that the band is a much tighter outfit now, resulting in excellent playing from start to finish.
There are no ballads on this album, so it is pretty much pedal to the metal from start to finish, although there's a slowdown in most songs, always very well placed and with very good result. The lyrics are of the "warrior" type, which a lot of people seem to dislike no matter what the band. Well I must say that Steel Attack have done a good job lyrically because there's a meaning behind all of it, and not always obvious on the first look. Also worth noting is that the lyrics fit surprisingly well with the music, and the singer does a good job matching the melodies. The message conveyed is also quite positive (sorry black metallers!) The result is a very catchy album. I've rarely heard an album that was this catchy from start to finish. Good stuff.
Hell, what more can I say. Killer guitars (great solos!), killer drumming, great vocals, and not one weak song - in fact I'm incapable of picking favorites songs because they're pretty much all of the same quality. The first album kicked my ass but this one almost kicked me into orbit. Definitely one of the best album of 2001. You like power/speed metal? Buy this. Now.
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