Reviewed: December 2004
Released: 2004, Noise
Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP
Although highly disappointed by the choice to forgo the long running IS concept, the band have kicked out yet another killer CD. Originally the fans were supposed to help write chapter five in the Iron Savior Sci-Fi saga but perhaps the band felt it had gone far enough. As it stands we get now, a collection of songs. But what a collection! We get vintage IS, namely classic, speed metal with all guns blazing. The songs are stronger in my opinion than the last two outings and the instant classic ‘Tyranny of Steel’ stands as one of the best they have ever done. The band ends the well-produced, fast, heavy CD on a lighter note with an obligatory ‘ metal’ song, Heavy Metal Powered Man. Awesome.
A slightly revamped lineup and a killer CD should eliminate any talk that (after the lackluster Condition Red), Kai Hansen was irreplaceable.
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