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Review: Stormrider (Ger) - The Path of Salvation
Stormrider (Ger)
The Path of Salvation

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 55:51
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 31, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Path of Salvation

Rated 3.55/5 (70.91%) (11 Votes)

Stormrider are one of those bands I've been meaning to get around to ever since their Vengeance EP back in 2003, but somehow it never happened. I remember liking their Fate of the Hunter album pretty well, even if it had terrible production, but here we have their third album released on the ubiquitous Pure Steel Records, and it is a surprisingly good disc.

Stormrider play a fast and heavy variety of Heavy Metal that mixes in a combination of Maidenesque gallop with heavier Thrash-based rhythms. Despite that this is a German band, this is a very US-sounding album, reminding me of Steel Prophet or Iced Earth a bit. This is heavy, complex without being proggy, and has some great performances. This is not anthemic "big chorus" music, but refreshingly dense and propulsive. Singer Stefan Hebes has a heavy baritone voice that maybe has too much vibrato in it, but he has presence, no one can deny that.

This took a bit to grow on me, as initially I thought it lacked focus, but it's actually a really rich and satisfying album. Any fan of melodic metal should give this a listen.

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