Reviewed: December, 2020
Released: 2020, StormSpell Records
For the working class Metal artist, content is king. Only the biggest bands and artists can survive on past glories and take several years between albums. Cederick Forsberg does not have that luxury. When the global pandemic hit and many plans for many bands were ruined, or at very least postponed, some people, like Forsberg, used the downtime as an opportunity to keep creating content. The same scenario applies to record labels. They need new material to release as well to stay viable so releasing re-issues and re-recordings is not ideal but better than the alternative.
The mastermind behind several bands (Blazon Stone, Breitenhold, Cloven Altar, Runelord) took the chance to rework a couple of his older albums and we are going to have a quick look at them. Generally we don’t review to many reissues and re-recorded albums but we do like to support StormSpell Records and Forsberg as an all-round Metal dude.
I reviewed METAL STRIKES BACK seven years ago when it came out. You can read my original review here. www.metal-rules.com/2014/08/01/rocka-rollas-metal-strikes-back/
This version of METAL STRIKES BACK is sort of reworked visually, with new red-themed cover art that pays tribute to the original blue theme. The CONQUER EP is included as bonus tracks, four of them so technically there is no new material on this reissue. I don’t own CONQUER so this is like four ‘new’ song for me!
Most importantly, this is completely re-recorded. I actually got out my original physical copy of METAL STRIKES BACK and compared it to the Definitive Edition’ on the same speakers, and to be honest I didn’t notice a huge difference. There was nothing wrong with the original to my ears. However, audiophiles who have a more sophisticated ear may notice some changes. It is common for an artist to be unsatisfied with a recording and often they look back and wish they could have dome something different at the time but often time constraints or money prevent the full realization of that vision. One thing that did really stand out is the track listing is all jumbled. You get used to hearing things in certain sequence and it seems strange this new track sequence. It is a subtle but ultimately unimportant difference.
My score hasn’t changed, how could it? The album was superb to begin with and not that much has changed. METAL STRIKES BACK is a superb album then and now. This is limited to 500 copies so grab yours now!
1. Blazing Wings
2. Heavy Metal Strikes Back
3. Riding the Metal Storm
4. Raging Cyborg
5. Warmachine From Hell
7. Swords Raised in Victory
8. Night of the Living Steel
Ced Forsberg-Bass, Guitars, Drums