Released: 2004, Massacre Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Sacred Steel is new to me even though they have been around for awhile. They started out in 1996 and their debut album REBORN IN STEEL followed a year later. Since that time they released two more albums and then switched over to their current label from Metal Blade. IRON BLESSINGS is the second album they have released on their current label. On BLOODLUST, their third album, they began collaborating with engineer Achim Koehler at House of Music in Winterbach, Germany. IRON BLESSINGS continues that collaboration, as Koehler produced this album.
IRON BLESSING is the fifth album from Sacred Steel and their biographical information describes this is their most diverse and complex recording to date. It also describes their music as traditional power metal influenced by death metal. I don’t hear it. I would rather say that this is somewhat faster power metal with a lot of tempo changes and is influenced by traditional 80’s metal.
Sacred Steel is nothing out of the ordinary, they sound like most German power metal bands do. The material is weak and the production sounds terrible. Vocalist Gerrit Mutz is way too high up in the mix and his vocals sound like he’s standing by himself in a room and not taking any part in the music. In fact, it sounds like he recorded his vocals in a bathroom. His vocals are mixed twice as loud as the music and the choruses are also mixed way too loud.
I have nothing remotely positive to say about this sad band, except that maybe you’ll like IRON BLESSINGS if you’re a fan of the band. However, I’ll warn you readers out there who haven’t heard them yet ... for god’s sake don’t buy this crap!