It’s amazing to me that no one on the 40+ year history of Metal that no one picked the name Savage Blade. There are countless ‘Savage-something’ or ‘Something-Blade, but these young guys thought of it first! It proves there are still good names left in Metal.
Hailing from middle-of-nowhere (Nelson, BC) this young band have just released their second album. For the record, living in Western Canada, I like Nelson, I have been there many times but in terms of percentage of thriving Metal acts, Nelson is middle of nowhere. The independent quintet have bee kicking around for a number of years and ANGEL MUSEUM is the bands second full-length.
The band have a good logo, a cool album title and a slightly off-beat album cover which is intellectually a step above having a warrior fighting a dragon, which is what you might expect from a band called Savage Blade. The nine-track album is compact running only 40 minutes and the production values are solid for a home-made effort.
The album kicks off with a quieter acoustic intro and in fact, the acoustic guitar makes appearances all across the album. It adds some nice audio dynamic to the straight-up classic Metal the bands plays. You might even say there is a tiny hint of, dare I say it, country (gasp) music with the electric acoustic interplay being very well done. The pace is mostly mid-tempo even leaning to the slow side. I found my preferred songs were the faster, heavier ones like ‘Never Cry Wolf’ and ‘Wasteland’. The is also a nice grinding Metal anthem called ‘The Way Of Metal’ with good lyrics and a punchy sound.
The vocals of Nikko Forsberg have a nice sneer reminding me a bit of Dave Mustaine, perhaps not the most technically proficient but well delivered with conviction and he can hit some good high notes. ANGEL MUSUEM is a pretty decent slab of classic Metal. Decent riffs, timeless lyrics and an enthusiastic delivery make this well worth checking out.
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