Released: 2016, Heaven and Hell Records
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Heaven and Hell Records have recently released Salvacion's WAY MORE UNSTOPPABLE! REDUX a remixed and remastered version of "Way More Unstoppable!" with newly recorded vocals from Elliot Madre (Praetorius) replacing the original vocal takes of guitarist Nick Sponsel. There are also two bonus tracks in the band's faithful cover of RIOT's "Swords & Tequila" and a hard rockin' version of "Push It To The Limit" from the Scarface soundtrack.
The album kicks off with "Thou Shall Rock" a song with a chord progression eerily similar to the solo section on Iron Maiden's "Revelations" followed by the hard rocking back alley NWOBHM infused swagger of "Let Us Prey". Hey, guess what? "Faster Than Hell" isn't what the title suggests at all. This mid-tempo rocker only deals in speed lyrically so to speak, yet is chock full of classic metal glory none the less, featuring some Maiden inspired twin lead harmonizing and solo trade-offs. "Epic Beer Run" is extremely catchy and who wouldn't like a song about running from the cops after an epic beer run? This is great stuff! This song reminds me a bit of Salvacion's fellow North Carolina brethren Twisted Tower Dire.
"Dog In Heat" is a fast paced headbanger that is sure to be a barnstormer live in concert. I caught these guys live at this year's Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse festival in Chicago and I'd definitely recommend you check them out if they reach your neck of the woods. "Skullspitter" features an infectious chorus that will have you thrusting your beer high into the sky and drunkenly shouting along. "Wretch Like Me" is the original album's final track, bonus tracks not withstanding. Featuring some nice ride cymbal work from drummer and founding member Carlos Denogean (who has recently joined Walpyrgus on drums as well).
The cover art by Yannick Bouchard is fantastic (I'll buy you a beer if you can tell me another reason I'm a huge fan of his art) The booklet is unusually simple for a Heaven and Hell release. No band photos or special thanks, just three panels of lyrics. This is a really fun heavy metal album that is good to turn up blaringly loud while you toss back ice cold cans of beer this summer. Buy it and instantly feel way more unstoppable!