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Review: Coldsteel - America Idle
America Idle

Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 22:12
Tracks: 5
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: April 28, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

With a name like Coldsteel I was hardly expecting the blatant 80s Thrash Metal contained on their 2013 EP America Idle. I was expecting Power Metal, but actually these guys have been in the trenches, on and off, since '86 so their old school sound comes complete with pedigree. Their speedy Thrash is reminiscent of the Bay Area, especially on "Blood Secrets," where the clear singing and pedal-to-the-metal tempo reminds of Death Angel. However, the rest of the songs feature socio-political lyrics barked out by gravel-voiced singer Troy Norr. This, along with slightly slower riffing makes the rest of the EP sound similar to Sacred Reich. The music on America Idle is good with vocals and lyrics that are a notch lower. Coldsteel seem set to throw their hat back into the Thrash Metal ring and while they haven't embarrassed themselves, they haven't really done anything to separate themselves from the crowd, either.

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