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Iron Savior
Battering Ram
July 2004
Released: 2004, Noise Records
Rating: 4.1/5
Reviewer: EvilG

If you've been keeping up with Iron Savior, you know they are quite the productive power metal band. They are already onto album #6 in their series of an ongoing sci-fi story/concept. This time out, the entire album is not about the ungoing storyline which is a first for the band. You might also notice that they are well on their way to becoming the AC/DC of power metal, meaning there are no surprises on BATTERING RAM. Depending on what you're looking for this is good, or bad, news. Critics often complain when a band doesn't evolve, and they also complain when a band does change since they don't sound like they do on what was (in their opinion) the band's best album. Kind of a catch 22 but meh, that's life...onto the music.



If you've heard any of the recent Iron Savior albums, you know what to expect - powerful group sing along choruses, thundering drums, raging guitars, just good solid power metal without any frills. BATTERING RAM does grab me a little more and CONDITION RED though, getting closer to my favorite Iron Savior album UNIFICATION. The title track "Battering Ram" opens the album. It's a fine song but didn't leave a lasting impression. The main song on here that does leave a lasting impression is "Tyranny of Steel". This has one of the best intros on the album with a Maiden-ish guitar melody. This is unquestionably one of the better songs that stood out from the first time I played the album. It’s strongest point is perhaps it’s great chorus - I can imagine it would make for a good sing along live. We all know that Piet is a Priest freak, and covering Priest songs are nothing new for the band. What is new is basically the re-writing of a Priest song! Ha! "Wings of Deliverance" is basically a rewriting of "Desert Plains" by the metal gods, Judas Priest. I like the song, but really this is perhaps just a bit too obvious of a reworking of a particular song. I will forgive it though since at least it's not the millionth rip off of "Painkiller" and is a different song for a change...ha! The mid-tempo headbanger "Break the Curse" proves that not all Iron Savior is played at the speed of light or with possessed double kicks for all songs. "Riding Free" is another of the albums better tracks sounding like speed metal! Besides the song one thing I like about the album (and with all IS albums) is the guitar sound. Iron Savior has a distinct rhythm guitar sound. It is crunchy but with a lot of mids. For me it's become a part of the band's signature sound making them instantly recognizable by hearing just a few seconds of any song.



Even though power metal GOD Kai Hansen is no longer in this band, the band is as strong now. Similarities to Gamma Ray can still be drawn and many a fan of Gamma Ray is most likely into Iron Savior as well. Piet and co. continue on pounding the world, this time with a battering ram!
Track Listing

1. Battering Ram
2. Stand Against The King
3. Tyranny Of Steel
4. Time Will Tell
5. Wings Of Deliverance
6. Break The Curse
7. Riding Free
8. Starchaser
9. Machine World
10. H.M Powered Man

Lineup

Piet Sielck - vocals / guitar
Joachim "Piesel" Küstner – guitar
Yenz Leonhardt – bass
Thomas Nack – drums

Special Guest: Martin Christian of PARAGON - lead guitar on WINGS OF DELIVERANCE


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Iron Savior
Battering Ram
December 2004
Released: 2004, Noise
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

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.
Track Listing

1. Battering Ram
2. Stand Against The King
3. Tyranny of Steel
4. Time Will Tell
5. Wings Of Deliverance
6. Break The Curse
7. Riding Free
8. Starchaser
9. Machine World
HM Powered Man

Lineup

Piet Sielck-Vocals, guitar
Joachim Kustner-Guitar
YenzLeonhardt-Bass
Thomas Nack-Drums

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