|Review: Iron Savior - Condition Red|
Label: Noise Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 17, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4.82/5 (96.43%) (28 Votes)
Let me start this review by saying that I was never really a big fan of Iron Savior’s previous works. I didn’t think they were bad I just didn’t think they were all that impressive. To me they sort of seemed like they were languishing in the middle of the pack of all the other power/pure metal bands. Add to this fact that Kai Hansen was not involved with this new album I didn’t really hold out for too much to change my mind. HOLY SHIT WAS I WRONG!!!
This album just kicks all forms of ass from beginning to end. There isn’t a track on this entire album that could remotely qualify as filler. This album follows its predecessors in style for the most part but there is much more of a pure metal feel to this album. Songs like the title track "Condition Red", "Warrior" and "Mindfeeder" are perfect examples of this pure metal feel with really catchy choruses and absolutely killer guitar work. For the fans of their faster style there is still plenty to get excited about with songs like the opener "Titans of our Time" and "Tales of the Bold" among others. Still there is an underlying commonality between all the songs on this album and that is simply how well they are written. The songs are all very accessible and catchy which make them just instantly burn themselves into your memory.
Another highlight that raises above all the many others is the absolutely killer guitar work. I was nervous when I first saw that Kai Hansen was not involved with this release since I consider him one of the best guitar players in the world for this genre of metal. Well all I can say his considerable talents are certainly not missed since they are more than made up for with some absolutely brilliant solo’s and riffs that are just filled with hooks that go on for days.
This is also the first album that is not following the sci-fi storyline concept of previous releases. This fact in and of itself is what I think contributed to the overall better songwriting. Since a common thread does not connect these songs there is no need to have them completely fit together which allows a bit more freedom. I could be wrong about that but it sure sounds like it to me when I listen to the disc. That same sort of freedom allowed for the cover song on this album. The song is "Crazy" previously a big hit for Seal, which if you have ever heard it is not exactly a fist-pumping, head-banging metal anthem….well it certainly is now… :)
Overall an album that really surprised with me with its overall quality in every aspect of a metal release. Another one of those buy or die albums for the power/pure metal genre. Hell any album that can get Dream Evil out of my CD player must be damn good… :) HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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