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Steel Attack
August 2001
Released: 2001, AFM Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Hmmmm... the beginning of 2000 has been positively favorable for all kind of Power/Heavy/True/Opera Metal acts if you have kept your ears and eyes wide open just to realize all that's been going on in the metal scene recently? Bands like Sonata Arctica, Edguy, Nightwish, Hammerfall, Nostradameus - not to mention Iced Earth and the likes, are all going strong and getting a worldwide recognition these days and I wouldn't wonder at all if this new (well, not THAT new any more!), sensational Swedish "Warrior Metal" (like their press release states proudly...) band bites its own piece from this massive cake of acceptance ´n´ fame as well in no time. This 4-piece band is called Steel warrior.

FALL INTO MADNESS, which is just band's 2nd album in the history of the band, definitely places them near to the top of Power/Heavy Metal genre; so convincing and capturing they are on FALL INTO MADNESS. They just offer you everything - and I mean EVERYTHING, you'd expect to get from a hot, ass-frizzling Power Metal. Catchy choruses, great vocals, TONS of melody, smoothly arranged guitar riffs and rhythms that roll along with other instruments the most harmonious way and create such a musical spectrum that fills you with an enormous sense of well-being. Steel Attack's powerful metal works as an extra dose of adrenaline, too; no matter how tired you may be after a hard day at work - or after an intense workout at your favorite gym, it pumps streams of energy back into your body again - and after that you feel anything else than exhausted or overstrained. You know of what I'm talking 'bout, don't ya?! It's just this great sense of feel you get while you're listening to this uplifting stuff like Steel Attack has on FALL INTO MADNESS.

The album has 9 brilliant Power/"Warrior" Metal compositions that make many other Power Metal acts envy them both in shame and despair. "Fall Into Madness", "The Beast", "Guardians", "Holy Swordsmen" and so on are all fine 100% metal-proof examples about a very highly skilled musicianship and talent that many of today's Power Metal acts have. Steel Attack could be considered as sort of an incarnation of all the abovementioned quality factors very well. Being a Swedish band like they are, I bet Steel Attack is becoming a real threat to usurp Hammerfall's throne as the finest Swedish Power Metal exports in the future. Just remember who told you this prediction first in, ok? ;=)

Now fall into madness with Steel Attack... most likely - OH YEAH I will!!
Track Listing

01. Fall into Madness
02. The Beast
03. Guardians
04. Holy Swordsmen
05. Judgment Day
06. Wings of Faith
07. Clearing the Mind
08. Fireballs
09. Defender of the Crown


Steve Steel - Bass, vocals
Dennis Vestman - Guitars
John Allan - Guitars
Andreas de Vera - Drums

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