Released: 2009, Primitive Reaction
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Who of us does not love 80s heavy metal/hard rock? I mean, bands like Priest, Maiden, W.A.S.P., Saxon, Accept, Dokken, Crüe, Twisted Sister, etc. etc. were the bands that set us all on fire back in the day - and some of them are still doing that to us these days (unfortunately not as much as back in those ´golden days´ of wild, restless and sinful hard rock and heavy metal, when we were all some 20 years younger and more rebellious, ha!).
Armour, this 4-piece act all the way from the cold north, Finland, is an amazing act as far as re-inflaming this old 80s spirit is concerned anyway. The band has already caused a lot of fuss around them by their hard rock and heavy metal that is strongly rooted in bands like W.A.S.P., Crüe, Priest, Accept, Saxon and the like. Naturally every band be and sound very retro and all that, but I think with Armour it´s a little bit more than only sounding and looking like one of those new retro bands that kind of try to be ´retro´ for the sake of ´being retro´. It´s always, more or less, a failed concept in the very end.
The bottom line is, this Finnish wild bunch known as Armour rocks, and they indeed do rock very convincingly enough to sound truthful to all their idols and heroes, haunting on their excellent debut album as influences - unlike so many other bands coming from the same ratt hole, pink sunglasses hanging on the top of their noses - and screamingly desperately they wanna be somebody. I honestly think Armour is an amazing band regarding how well they have been able to capture this whole 80s vibe and spirit into this record. The songs have lots of this vital catchiness in them that is naturally very important to make your songs stand out - and when this album has got so much of it, I think Armour is in very safe waters for the long run. The band´s vocalist Vince Venom (what an awesome artist name - I really like it, ha ha!) manages to sound like a younger version of Crüe´s Vince Neil at times, while some other times he can sound like a rebellious Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. - and whatnot, even having some hints in his voice that reminds me of Udo Dirkschneider here and there, which is nothing but total coolness.
In fact, it´s very easy to love everything what Armour do on their very retro-ish yet bombastic sounding debut album if you have just ever liked any of these 80´s hard rock and heavy metal bands from W.A.S.P. to Priest to Saxon to Crüe. Armour has got some of the best sides musically from many of these greats for their record - and I think they can be really proud of what they have overall achieved with this fine band so far. Their debut is all about going back to the golden times of both 80´s hard rock and heavy metal - and it´s actually as simple as that really. As a fair but good example, let´s take a song called "The Time Is Right", the 2nd track off the album. If this song ain´t total Saxon´s CRUSADER worship, then nothing is.
Now everyone of us, let´s welcome Armour among us with open arms, and just credit them a little bit for their startlingly 80´s flavored debut record. Armour will undoubtedly rock our socks off, absolutely!