|Review: Steel Night - Fight Till the End|
|Fight Till the End|
Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 22, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Fight Till the End
The guys in Mexico's Steel Night apparently listened to a lot of NWOBHM bands, in particular Iron Maiden, and have displayed those influences without reservation on their debut, Fight Till the End.
Featuring the standard twin guitar/vocal/bass/drum lineup, Steel Night have a firm grip on the traditional metal sound of, say, 1984-85, when only the bands with real talent rose above the morass of poorly produced and poorly played releases from the early part of the decade. They have a smooth, confident style and some chops to back it up. The singer has a good range but a thin voice, so he's never going to belt it out like Halford or Dickinson, but he's OK. The guitarists trade riffs and leads that are often so close to Iron Maiden you have to check and make sure you didn't accidentally put on Killers or Powerslave. For instance, the opening riff of "Wings of Steel" had me thinking "Aces High" while the one opening "Spell Witch" sounds a lot like "Losfer Words", to say nothing of the guitar/bass/drum riff lifted almost note for note from Tokyo Blade's "If Heaven is Hell." The bass player gets the fat, ringing notes made so famous by Steve Harris. All this isn't imitation per se, but if that is the sincerest form of flattery, Maiden, Tokyo Blade, etc. should be very flattered, indeed.
Despite its obvious roots, I like Fight Till the End quite a bit as it is plain and simple traditional heavy metal that isn't trying to be anything else. The familiarity with music I already know works in the album's favor for me. Good stuff, especially if you grew up in the '80s or just have a jones for that style.
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