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Review: Steelwing - Lord of the Wasteland
Lord of the Wasteland

Label: Noise Art Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 47:38
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: July 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Lord of the Wasteland

Rated 4.18/5 (83.53%) (17 Votes)

Lord of the Wasteland is the debut of Sweden's Steelwing. When I looked at the cover art I didn't have to listen to the album to know two things: one, this is pure 80's metal and two, this was going to be a kick ass album. And holy shit it doesn't disappoint, from the first time that I heard this, it got me hooked. Basically, this band did this record as if the 80's had never really ended. Everything that made that era so cool makes an appearance here, from the scorching vocals and the catchy choruses to the great guitar playing and the overall vibe.

After the intro "Enter the Wasteland", the album starts out with the awesome "Headhunter" and from there you know what this record is about. If you want comparisons, I cannot give you a specific band per se but the sound is similar to the NWOBHM. Aside from that intro and "Point of Singularity", every song is at least five minutes long and they're each different, I never felt like I was listening to the same thing repeatedly. I could pick standouts but that would be a moot point since all the songs are at least extremely good.

Steelwing's playing ability is also very good, and this is one of those rare cases that it enhances greatly the songwriting ideas of the band. No solo, riff or drum pattern sounds out of place, everything is coherent and properly made. Each of those nine songs is an example of producing high octane Heavy Metal and the fact that this has ZERO ballads to speak of is a definite plus. In addition, while every member deserves to have a separate paragraph for their performance, their singer Riley stands out from the rest. He has a high-pitched voice and an excellent range that is perfect for this kind of band and he can produce screams that are out of this world, as is the case with "The Illusion".

I have listened to Lord of the Wasteland many times and honestly cannot find anything wrong here. The only possible gripe that people might have against this is that the record isn't original at all. Nor is it trying to be, this will just give you a serious kick in the ass. As far as I'm concerned, the world needs more of this type of bands and if you love this style as much as I do then you can't get enough of Steelwing. In the end this album is as good as they come, I'll be eagerly awaiting their follow up, until then this will satisfy me for a while.

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