Iron Savior - Rise Of The Hero Metal Traveller Rating: 4,5/5 (Already A Classic)
Some bands know how to rise again from the depths of the universe.
Honestly, I love the first two Iron Savior records, Iron Savior and Unification. Then they made some records that, while still were good, they couldn't match the quality of the first two.
Well, since the previous album, The Landing, I felt that Iron Savior was on the right track again and with this one, I'm totally convinced!
Rise Of The Hero is a straight in your face Metal album. It’s made of 12 powerful songs, no fillers.
The riffs are killer! The guitars are really powerful and Piet's voice sounds great. It's been a while since he hasn't sung that good!
I got captivated from the first song, Last Hero, and its memorable chorus. It’s followed by another magnificent fast song named Revenge Of The Bride.
Then comes From Far Beyond Time which is perfect for some air guitar. Seriously, this one is in my opinion one of the best Iron Savior songs ever… and then comes Thunder Heart, which is another instant classic.
Thunder From The Mountains is another masterpiece. The very first riff sounds similar to Helloween's Ride The Sky, but this is perhaps a reminder that Piet Sielk was there at the very beginning of Helloween, back in the Gentry days with Kai Hansen.
There are also mid tempo songs like Iron Warrior, The Demon and Dragon King. The latter combines a heavy dense riff with a very melodic chorus.
Dance With Somebody is the strangest tune if the record. It’s a surprising cover song from the Swedish band Mando Diao, but they definitely make it rock!
Firestorm is set to become an Iron Savior classic. It has everything: the riff, the solo, the chorus and the thundering drums.
The album ends with Fistraiser which is, as the name suggests, an hymn to Heavy Metal, the music and the way of life.
Iron Savior has achieved a milestone with Rise Of The Hero.
To me, this record is on same high level of the first two Iron Savior albums, and it’s so far one the best Power Metal albums of 2014.
I’ve always thought that this band deserves much more attention, and I really hope that Rise Of The Hero can bring Iron Savior under the spotlights.
Picture: Promo AFM Records
Iron Savior Line-up:
Piet Sielk – Vocals / Guitars
Joachim "Piesel" Küstner – Guitars
Jan-Sören Eckert – Bass
Thomas Nack – Drums
02. Last Hero
03. Revenge Of The Bride
04. From Far Beyond Time
05. Burning Heart
06. Thunder From The Mountains
07. Iron Warrior
08. Dragon King
09. Dance With Somebody Mando Diao cover
11. The Demon
13. I've Been To Hell 2014 Bonus Track on the Limited Edition Digipack