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Released: 1999, Noise Records
Iron Savior features one of power metal's favorite guitar hero's - Kai Hansen. You should know Kai from his groundbreaking work with Helloween and his current band Gamma Ray. Surprisingly, Iron Savior is his side project but from listening to it let me tell ya it sounds every bit as good as what he's doing in his full time band. Everything this guy touches turns to gold. Can he do no wrong? Probably not! Also in the band is Kai's long time friend, guitarist/vocalist and sound engineer/producer for bands such as Blind Guardian, Saxon and Grave Digger - Piet Sielck. We should probably give Sielk as much (if not more) credit here as he actually sings the bulk of the material and his voice is POWERFUL!
Musically you should already know what to expect from Iron Savior...inspiring epic sing-along choruses, lots of melodic lead guitar, plenty of double-kick drums and the soaring and powerful vocals of Kai and Piet. This is all about what metal is. If you're a fan of Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Helloween or Gamma Ray then you will not be wasting your cash on this one!
"Unification" is a concept CD that tells the tale of the destruction of the lost city of Atlantis and the Iron Savior, a huge space vessel and former protector of Atlantis. This would make for an interesting episode of "The Outer Limits" for sure! Well done lyrics, interesting subject matter and stellar performances from some of Europe's finest power/speed metallers. What more could one want? Strong points on the CD include "Coming Home", "Eye To Eye" and the surprise track of the day, "Neon Knights", a Dio-era Black Sabbath cover that they do quite well!!
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