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Review: Steel Assassin - WWII: Metal of Honor
Steel Assassin
WWII: Metal of Honor

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 53:13
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: July 17, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
WWII: Metal of Honor

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)

I enjoyed Steel Assassin's last effort, In Hellfire Forged, but I can't say the same for 2012's WWII: Metal of Honor. It isn't that the band's style has changed much but the song quality has dropped. In Hellfire Forged had a nice mix of up-tempo Heavy/Power tracks and mid-tempo Traditional Metal songs while WWII: Metal of Honor sticks mainly to mid-tempo, cutting down on the variety. The lyrics center around WWII and some of the more famous engagements, but they struck me as somewhat cliché and heavy-handed. The production of the album is thin while the vocals don't sound perfectly synched-up at times, occasionally reminding me of Virgin Steele's Black Light Bacchanalia, an infinitely annoying album. The cover of Rush's "Red Sector A" is the best thing about WWII: Metal of Honor. Steel Assassin strike a good balance between keeping true to the original song while making enough changes to make it their own.

As I said, I liked Steel Assassin's last album but WWII: Metal of Honor doesn't measure up. I found it tedious and the parts I did remember were memorable for the wrong reasons. It isn't awful, but I was expecting more.

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