Released: 2010, Iron Kodex
Summer is a great time for discovering new music. This month I’d like to introduce our readers to seven newer bands from the province of Alberta, Canada. I’ve asked some local bands of different styles to participate and they all said yes. Western Canada is already well-known in the global scene with veteran bands like Three Inches of Blood, Into Eternity and Divinity and so now we introduce to a crop of promising young hopefuls from Alberta. Feel free to check out the other reviews in this series including Chron Goblin, Derailed, Hellrazer, Kobra And The Lotus, Mares Of Thrace and The Unravelling.
Back in February I reviewed Strikers debut EP and was thoroughly impressed. Here they are back again and ready to kick even more ass. Lead off cut ’Full Speed Or No Speed’ has been a long-time live favorite and I’m glad to hear it on disc in the pole position. A fantastic song with catchy chorus that instantly connects to the brain.
Striker are unashamedly metal and embrace the entire genre and all it’s assets with gusto. I don’t want to use the term ‘retro’ because it makes it sound old and unoriginal. These are just young guys are just playing classic metal in a style that never went away or got old. Perhaps now a few more people are embracing the classic sound. All the minimum mandatory components are present and accounted for, soaring vocals, ripping guitars, pounding drums it’s all here. Much like the EP the execution and delivery of the material is what sets this band apart. The enthusiasm is infectious, the speed is high, the production is clear and these guys crank out the metal goods. My favorite track is likely ‘The White Knight’ with great gang vocals and lots of frantic fretboard work.
There is an amazing amount of talent and charisma for such a young band. I think they are destined for greatness. They already have a substantial buzz and fanbase across the globe and their debut full-length will help cement that reputation. Watch for more global touring and an appearance at the Noctis Valkyries IV Festival in Calgary in September of 2010.