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Review: Air Raid - Across the Line
Air Raid
Across the Line

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 37:38
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 26, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Across the Line

Rated 4.36/5 (87.14%) (14 Votes)

Across the Line is the third album from Sweden's Air Raid and on it the band continues to mine the fertile ground of the 80s revival. The last album was firmly in the NWOBHM camp, but this time around Air Raid have gone for a sound that combines the heavy yet melodic sound of early US Metal with the European flair for flashy guitar work. The songwriting is solid and even though there really isn't a standout track, there is not one moment of filler, and that includes the instrumental "Entering the Zone Zero." Across the Line is chock full of great riffs and singalong choruses enhanced by spectacular solos. It sounds like Q5's Steel the Light with TNT's Ronni Le Tekrø on lead guitar. It's got that level of crunch mixed with accessibility. If this was 1985 and I had Across the Line on cassette, it would never come out of my car's stereo. An excellent effort from Air Raid.

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