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Air Raid
Point of Impact
March 2015
Released: 2015, High Roller Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Gothenburg, Sweden’s classic power metal band have returned with their second full length album on High Roller Records. Air Raid made an impression on me with 2013’s NIGHT OF THE AXE. The band’s style of classic, US Power Metal is welcome as a counter to balance the proliferation of symphonic and technical power metal practiced by bands like Rhapsody of Fire, which are also great. It gives the Power Metal subgenre a well-rounded appeal when you can recommend bands that do not have saturating keyboards to people with heavier tastes. Potentially derailing the momentum of any band is the loss of a front man, and with the departure of Michalis Rinakakis, new singer Arthur W Andersson has stepped in to fill his shoes.



The differences are immediately apparent on opener, “Bound To Destroy”. Andersson has a smoother higher range, while Rinakakis had a gruffer and heavier approach that resembled Metal Church’s David Wayne in the upper registers. Both styles fit with the music, and I am not sure that I prefer one over the other because each offers unique strengths to their respective albums. Having said that, Andersson does a fine job stepping in, and fans of the band should feel reassured that Air Raid has not lost any focus or momentum from the change.



POINT OF IMPACT channels the drive and drum pounding impact of NWOBHM with the fleet-fingered steely riffs of bands like Medieval Steel and Chastain. There are also doses of Maiden, particularly in the “Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra)” influenced instrumental “Flying Fortress.” “Wildfire” is an up tempo gem, with riffs in the style of mid 80s Metal Church. Deftly mixing speedy riffs with mid-paced tunes like “Madness” lends some variety to the tunes. Clean guitars open “Victim Of The Night” before the song moves towards one of the most memorable choruses on the album.



Air Raid does classic metal and they do it right. Everything screams traditional right down to the number of tracks (eight), which was a favorite number of tunes for Iron Maiden’s albums. Impressively, Air Raid has not missed a beat switching vocalists, and as far as traditional metal albums go, there is an excellent chance this will be one of the top releases of the year in the subgenre. Kick back with a beer, or put it on in the car and head out to the highway. Either way, POINT OF IMPACT will have you pining for the old days.
Track Listing

1. Bound To Destroy

2. Madness

3. Victim Of The Night

4. Wildfire

5. Flying Fortress

6. Vengeance

7. The Fire Within

8. We Got The Force

Lineup

Andreas "Stormchild" Johansson: Guitars
Johan "Nightshredder" Karlsson: Guitars
Robin "Thunderbolt" Utbult: Bass
David "Destructor" Hermansson: Drums
Arthur W Andersson: Vocals

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Air Raid
Point of Impact
March 2015
Released: 2015, High Roller Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

If there is such a thing, then Sweden must be the country that contains the Font of Never-Ending Metal. So many high-quality bands come out of the country that it’s nearly impossible to count – and they just keep on coming! Case in point is Air Raid, formed in 2009 and already with a debut album (NIGHT OF THE AXE) under their belt.



The other great thing about Swedish bands is that they allow themselves to be inspired by all of the various eras of heavy metal. In Air Raid’s case, that is unarguably the NWOBHM. Listening to POINT OF IMPACT, it’s easy to imagine that this is a long lost release from 1981; competing with Iron Maiden, Saxon, or Tygers of Pan Tang. Fortunately for everyone, Air Raid are smart enough to not just peddle retro-metal, but include hints of other influences are well (namely, power metal from both sides of the Atlantic). The vocals are strong and clear, ringing out the typical tales of battle and the glory of heavy metal that you’d expect. The guitars are exquisitely twinned, and an absolute pleasure to listen to. When this band locks into a great riff (say, “Victim of the Night”), it’s a joy to hear. I also must congratulate the rhythm section as the drummer is both thunderous and entertaining and the bass bubbles just underneath the guitars and complements the whole thing, as it should.



Reeking of denim & leather, POINT OF IMPACT is an excellent album start to finish that deserves your attention. While Air Raid doesn’t exactly attempt to expand their musical horizons, they’ve concocted a thoroughly entertaining album that never disappoints.
Track Listing

1. Bound to Destroy
2. Madness
3. Victim of the Night
4. Wildfire
5. Flying Fortress
6. Vengeance
7. The Fire Within
8. We Got the Force

Lineup

Arthur W. Andersson: Vocals
Andreas Johansson: Guitar
Johan Karlsson: Guitar
Robin Utbult: Bass
David Hermansson: Drums

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