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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: 3.75/5

Review online: January 10, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Path of Salvation

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

In my review of Stormrider's last album, Fate of the Hunter, an album that reached new heights in blandness, I concluded by hoping it would be a learning experience and the band would step it up on their next release. Lo and behold, Stormrider took my advice to heart and have come up with a drastically improved album, The Path of Salvation. OK, it probably had nothing to do with me, but a reviewer can dream, right?

Everything about The Path of Salvation is a step forward from Fate of the Hunter. The production is crisp and clear and all the instruments have ample room to show off. The riffs are thick and meaty and the guitar tone is excellent. Drums and bass are heavy and propulsive, without muddying the sound. Vocalist Stefan Hebes has ditched most of the annoying vibrato from the last album and just allows his really quite powerful voice to shine. When he does, he sounds a bit like Steel Assassin's John Falzone. Stormrider didn't reinvent the wheel in the songwriting department, but when the tempo quickens, like on the speedy title track or the speedier "Into the Light," your pulse will, too.

The Path of Salvation isn't perfect and some of the tracks don't rise much above "generic" but the album is still a big improvement over the band's last effort. Fans of Traditional Metal bands like Steel Assassin and Ravage will want to cast their gaze Stormrider's way.

Other related information on the site
Review: Fate of the Hunter (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: The Path of Salvation (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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