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April 2005
Released: 2005, Eat Metal Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Do you miss the old days of the NWOBHM? Do you miss bands like Iron Maiden (circa the debut), Tygers of Pan Tang, and Tokyo Blade? Then Strikelight is the band for you! Strikelight is a new band formed in Greece by five guys who certainly do miss those days and decided to form a band to bring back that old classic feeling.

Right from the opening melodic strains of the Maiden-esque “Born by Fire” (remember the days when intros could be more than ambient keyboards?), you know exactly what Strikelight are going for here. Heavy, melodic metal with a streak of grime right through the center, STRIKELIGHT is a definite blast from the past, oddly thin production and all. Over the next 40 minutes, the band plows through all of the expected territory, nary a surprise in sight. That’s the beauty of this record (albums like this really should be on vinyl!) though – it’s pure simplicity and the band’s desire to nothing but rock like its 1979. From the catchy “Fake Beliefs” to signature song “Strikelight”, this disc will fill any appetite for classic metal. I have but two complaints: some songs need a good trim, as they tend to just go on too long, and the ballad “Undying Love” is just dull. Hell, even the band themselves seem to know that as every song after that is just killer, as if they are trying to make for inflicting a ballad on us.

There sure as hell isn’t anything original happening here, but if you like classic sounding metal, you’ll get a kick out of Strikelight. These guys have the potential to be the next Wolf.
Track Listing

1) Born by Fire
2) Fake Beliefs
3) Angel in Exile
4) Inner Voice
5) Undying Love
6) Final Fight
7) Streets of Glory
8) Forever Young
9) Strikelight


George Stavropoulos: Vocals
George Hararis: Guitars
Nick Papakostas: Guitars
Thodoris Vogiatzis: Bass
Bill Xirokostas: Drums

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