|Review: Steel Raiser - Regeneration|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 19, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Putting the word "steel" in your band name is an almost unforgivable cliché these days but that didn't stop Italy's Steel Raiser, not one bit. Bad name choices aside, Steel Raiser do manage to crank out some excellent 80s Traditional Metal on their second album, Regeneration. The style is based on U.S. Metal with a lot of the speed and fire of Vicious Rumors mixed with the slow, simmering atmosphere of Steel the Light-era Q5. Singer Alfonso Giordano has a good range that combines a Blackie Lawless mid-range with the ability to hit the high notes. English is clearly not something he is completely comfortable with yet, as you can hear on the chorus of "Executioner." The solos are decent and even though the songs are not overly inventive they are nothing I wanted to turn off.
Steel Raiser is guilty, as are so many others, of covering ground that has already been worn thin, but they do it well. Regeneration is solid but you have heard it multiple times before so set your expectations appropriately.
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