Reviewed: May 2020
Released: February 28th, 2020 / High Roller Records
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
We have another blast from the past for your metal hearts. That statement is about as played out as any these days. With the surge of traditional or classic metal sounds by newer bands, it seems that they are all getting lumped into a genre of nostalgia. Some may say good, while others may say bad. For the most part, I say good.
The same goes for the third full-length release SLAVES OF TIME by German metal band Stallion. Recently released via High Roller Records, SLAVES OF TIME sees Stallion doing what they do best – rocking their bloody asses off! And while what we have here is not breaking any new ground in regards to the originality of any particular genre, the tracks and album set up is what it is, pure heavy metal.
Stallion’s musical direction does harken back to the late 80’s early 90’s when a heavy metal band was just a heavy metal band. It was a time where a group could mix things up on their albums in terms of speed and heaviness without being ridiculed or picked apart by the keyboard pirates of the world. What I mean by that statement is there are many directions musically here that all fit very cohesively.
Stallion offer up traditional, speed, thrash, and NWOBHM sounds throughout. In a very tight-knit fashion, I must add. And they even throw in an epic power ballad as well. Remember when that was a mainstay addition to every thrash band’s tracklisting? Well, I do. You always wanted the most massive, influential metal albums with just that one power ballad. You know you did too. Admit it!
Stallion does just that with precision and a skill set that makes it all come together into a very nice package. The guitars are speedy with memorable and original sounding riffs. There are plenty of dueling solos and intricate drum parts that set them apart from many a throwback act. The vocals are reminiscent of what resonates musically. SLAVES OF TIME is an all in all, good album from start to finish.
Aaron – Drums
Äxxl – Guitars
Pauly – Vocals
Stämpfe – Bass
Clode – Guitars