|Review: Iron Griffin - Iron Griffin|
Label: Gates of Hell Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: May 3, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Iron Griffin is a side project from Mausoleum Gate drummer Oscar Razanez. The debut, self-titled EP is very much in the same vein as Razanez' main band in that it is old school, late 70s/early 80s occult-flavored hard rock/heavy metal, the big difference being that Razanez handles all the instruments. Seems like he lives for this style of music and wanted a chance to show off his guitar playing as well as drum skills. If you like Mausoleum Gate and other retro music of that ilk, or the original stuff, of course, you'll probably dig Iron Griffin. The songwriting has the dark, creepy sound of old Black Sabbath or Uriah Heep and echo is the main effect on the vocals, so they have that far-away, almost plaintive quality. There's nothing extraordinary here in terms of songs and it's only an EP, so the appeal is likely limited to the connoisseur of retro hard rock/heavy metal.
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