True Strength - Steel Evangelist

Published Friday 24th March 2017
True Strength - Steel Evangelist
True Strength - Steel Evangelist

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 164318-25071

Reviewed by Ian Webber

Situated firmly in the '80s, with a classic power metal vibe and progressive elements, this three-piece from across the pond have put together a full length release to follow up on their 2014 debut. Initially you are struck by the clean production which has been mastered well for an independent offering. Solid riffing and rumbling drums underpin an extended intro on the opener. Once underway though, "No Cheek Left Unturned" is a typical example of the fare that is repeated on many of the 10 tracks on offer. As a song it is sound, but never really works its way through the gears and ends up being just a little boring. The guitars have their moments, such as during the trade off on the title track and the drums and bass are well played. Ryan Darnell as a melodic power vocalist, on the other hand, does not have the pipes to carry off a credible performance, only seeming comfortable in a low register. There are moments that point towards some promise, such as the chorus of "Don't Take The Mark Of The Beast" which is at least memorable, and some of the melodies in "Gabriel The Archangel". The majority of this album's tracks, however, blend together and at over an hour in length, with some tracks reaching eight minutes, it is a difficult listen for one sitting. This recording is best avoided, but if a new vocalist can be found, there is potential for future recordings.

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