Released: AFM , n/a
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Guitarist and songwriter Ross the Boss is back with a new album and a new band that partially consists of the German power metal act Ivory Knight. The members of Ivory Knight also have a tribute band called Men Of War where they cover the music of Manowar. Ross the Boss and his band have toured a lot together and now it’s time for the guys to release their debut album.
NEW METAL LEADER is a well-played heavy metal album and there are quite a few influences of Manowar heard here and there. Unfortunately, the music sounds like pretty much every other act in this genre and the group doesn’t have a unique approach at all. However, Ross hasn’t lost his talent for playing guitar and his riffing sounds actually really good as he is both technical and fast. He delivers some really impressive axe-work thoughout the entire album.
A huge weak link in this chain is the lead singer Patrick Fuchs who has major problems with delivering anything at all. It sounds awful when he takes on the higher notes, which only turn out to be plain screams. He is not Rob Halford even though it seems like he thinks he is. Another huge problem is the plain and boring material. The lasting impressions of the songs are that they are un-inspired, boring, and pale. This is not an album I would go out and buy that is for sure.
The only tracks that actually feel OK are “Blood Of Knives”, “God Of Dying”, “We Will Kill” and “Matador”. Those are fast, heavy and aggressive epic heavy metal tunes with brilliant guitar work by Ross The Boss. NEW METAL LEADER is an anonymous album that you might as well do better without having. A few good tracks do not make an album and this disc is a disappointment.