Skull Fist – Way Of The Road

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Skull Fist – Way Of The Road
Label: Noiseart
Released: 2018
Reviewed: December, 2018
Rating:  4/5
Reviewer: JP

The Kings of Kanadian Karnage!- The Frozen North Rides Forth!

This feature is so good, I had to name it twice!   About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases.  There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)

Anvil (Toronto, ON)

Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)

Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)

Assault (Vancouver, BC)

Black Rat (Calgary, AB)

Cauldron (Toronto, ON)

Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)

Dethgod (Calgary, AB)

Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, AB)

Iomair (Scarborough, ON)

Ice War (Ottawa, ON)

Leah (Vancouver, BC)

Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)

Malacoda (Oakville, ON)

Mongol (Edmonton, AB)

Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)

Skull Fist (Toronto, ON)

Solborn (Edmonton, AB)

Thor (Vancouver, BC)

Trollwar (Alma, PQ)

Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)

W.M.D (Calgary, AB)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)

Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!

Fate has not been kind to Skull Fist.  Roaring out of the gates with two superb albums they had lots of hype, buzz and recognition. Then a few tough set-backs took some of their momentum away and the fans had a four year wait for their third album.

However, the band has persevered, Jackie’s throat is better, and they have a hot new drummer in the form of JJ Tartaglia, Toronto man-about-town.  Still with NoiseArt Records they have released THE WAY OF THE ROAD with an album cover that maybe leaves a bit to be desired…but matches where the band is at… namely hungry!

These dudes have got it all, the looks, the sound and are embedded deep in the heart of the Canadian true Metal scene, along with Cauldron, Striker, and a handful of others.  Tartaglia makes his presence known immediately from the opening notes of the nine-song collection, with an awesome drum intro to the opening cut, ‘You Belong To Me’.  He would make Alex Van Halen proud!  The boys have been listening to Van Halen’s MCMLXXXIV a little bit!  Despite vocal problems, a rejuvenated Jackie still sounds great!  All the usual influences are in places, Ratt, Dokken, Scorps, as the band through a short-ish 36-minute album. Some cuts like ‘I Am A Slave’ really open up the throttle and mid-pace melodic tracks like ‘Heart Of Rio’ arrive 30 years to late to be a hit single on radio, but still should be.  ‘Don’t Cross Me’ has one of the best shuffle beats I’ve heard since Brighton Rock!  This album is packed with fun from start to finish.

I’ve been a champion of these guys from very early on and my loyalty remains with yet another great album that warms this old Metalhead’s heart. I named their debut EP back in 2010 as my EP of the year…but it is not about me (I could be those annoying reviewers who only talk about them-selves in a review) but it is about the consistent quality of this kick-ass band.   Skull Fist is back for the attack and headed out on the road soon to hit a local rock dive near you!  Long live the ‘fist’!

Track Listing:

  1. You Belong to Me

  2. No More Runnin

  3. I Am a Slave

  4. Witch Hunt

  5. Way of the Road

  6. Heart of Rio

  7. Better Late Than Never

  8. Don’t Cross Me

  9. Stay True


Zach Slaughter-Vocals, Guitars
Casey Guest-Bass
Johnny Exciter-Guitar
JJ Tartaglia-Drums