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Review: Battle Beast - Unholy Savior
Battle Beast
Unholy Savior

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 44:17
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 14, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Unholy Savior

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (28 Votes)

Finland's Battle Beast roared on to the scene with their debut Steel back in 2011. It got a lot of love in the metal community and here at The Metal Crypt, so I happily picked up the thread with their second album Battle Beast. I like that album but from what I read it wasn't as good as the debut and the loss of original vocalist Nitte Valo possibly set the band back a bit. If we consider Battle Beast a warning shot over the bow that had the band regrouping their forces with new singer Noora Louhimo, 2015's Unholy Savior is a full broad-side barrage. The band has almost everything in sync right from the start. Double-kick rockers like "Lionheart" and "Speed and Danger" work hand-in-hand with more mid-paced tracks like "Madness." The riffs abound, the solos are wonderful and Louhimo's vocals are completely in control as she grabs every line and wrings the last drop out of each. The choruses are insanely catchy and nowhere is that more in evidence than on "I Want the World...and Everything in It" for me, easily the best song on the album. Louhimo and whichever one of the guys in the band who is doing the male vocals on the chorus mesh voices in a dazzling combination of power and melody. If there is one thing about Unholy Savior I could live without it would be both ballads, "Sea of Dreams" and "Angel City," as neither generates much interest. Regardless, Unholy Savoir is a huge album for Battle Beast and an early candidate for 2015's top ten, so don't hesitate to grab it if Heavy/Power Metal is your thing.

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