Released: 2014, AFM
Iron Savior is one of those staple bands that are at the core of our existence here at Metal-Rules.com. They truly represent the heart of steel and our reviewers have never rated an Iron Savior release anything less than a four out of five. I’m not going to be the first because the new Iron Savior just kills.
I was getting worried about Iron Savior for a while. They had put out an awesome album just about every two years then the Dockyard record label folded and there was over four years until the release of THE LANDING. Fortunately they came roaring back with anew label and I’m pleased not much has changed since then. The band are still on AFM and once again Felipe Franco gets the call to provide the glorious cover art for RISE OF THE HERO. No line-up changes since the last record either as the tight unit deliver another hammer-smash of a true Power Metal album.
After a brief intro, the bands propels us into double-kick heaven with pounding song after pounding song. Almost every song (except one) is fantastic, fueled by Piet’s battle-tested voice and giant gang choruses. ‘Thunder to The Mountains’ is an album highlight and they have an obligatory and welcomed Metal anthem called ‘Fistraiser’ with lyrics worshiping the Metal way. Elsewhere, he chorus of ‘…and the battle rages on!’ from the cut ‘Iron Warrior’ was instantly stuck in my brain after one listen. The production is stellar as Piet handles the production duties once again from Powerhouse Studios in Germany.
The only misstep is a song called ‘Dance With Somebody’. It was a huge hit in Europe, originally written by a pop band called Mando Diao. It is a horrible, horrible song. I can say this is the first Iron Savior song since they formed in 1997 that I truly don’t like. What were they thinking? They have done many other cover songs of truly great bands like Helloween, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and more but why they choose this abomination of a song is beyond me. I know many bands do novelty/comedy cover songs and I have nothing against those either. I love them; they are fun and funny. In fact, I did a 100 song, ‘Metal covers pop songs’ feature on my radio show one year. However Iron Saviors serious version of this awful song really is a bad blemish on an otherwise flawless record. Fortunately it is sandwiched between two killer cuts ‘Dragon King’ and ‘Firestorm’ that quickly wipes the memory of that terrible song from my ears.
Iron Savior is so strong, so consistent and they have now created eight albums in a row that are just truly magnificent representations of what real Metal is.