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IRON ANGEL "Hellish crossfire" [ASIAN IMPORT!]
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IRON ANGEL \"Hellish crossfire\" [ASIAN IMPORT!]
This is a great little album - it just clicks on a lot of levels. For 1984 it's pretty innovative, sounding like the first few Destruction demos/releases, combined with a definite Helloween edge. The rough guitar tone of Destruction is combined with a vocal style that goes between a harsh bark to some pretty nice shrieks, and the riffs are quite solid in construction, memorable, and sufficiently variant as to not cause boredom, while generally classic enough as to not suffer from the "what the fuck are they doing??" syndrome. Highlights include probably Sinner 666, the best song on here, due to its nice thrash break... "burrrnnnn!!!" - there are a few definite thrash moments here, even though the album is overall speed metal. "Hunter in Chains" has some nice shrieky vocals and an even more overt counterpoint thrash break, while "Nightmare" has probably the coolest chorus to sing along to with a very peculiar high note in it. "Legions of Evil" has a great melodic thrash break with a ripping solo, and "Rush of Power" also has some nice leads - pretty much every song has some cool discerning feature to make it memorable in some way. It will probably take you about 3-4 listens to memorise all of the main elements of the album, and a few hundred more before you get bored of it. Very classy, well-executed speed metal with some nice thrash influence. Highly recommended. This special repress features eightbonus tracks recorded live between 1985 and 1986.
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