|Review: Iron Savior - Dark Assault|
Label: Noise Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 20, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.62/5 (92.31%) (13 Votes)
Third album in the Iron Savior saga, Dark Assault doesn't deceive. I'm not sure whether or not it is better than Unification, but it's at least pretty damn close. In my opinion, Iron Savior plays some of the best power metal out there, not surprising considering the band members. I'm also tempted to no longer call them a side project, but a real band the band's playing as an entity has improved a lot since their beginnings. And with three excellent albums and a few EPs behind them, and more to come, I think Iron Savior deserves its place in metal.
There are no real surprises on this album, Iron Savior continuing in the same direction sound-wise. Some will probably criticize them for that, but as far as I'm concerned, if it's good, if they like doing it and are good at it, why change? The musical style goes hand in hand with the subject of the saga, and it IS good. I'd rather have them stay true to themselves rather than incorporate mallcore influences like some bands have started to do.
Some songs stand out, such as Solar Wings (with Kai Hansen on vocals, and amazing guitar work), and the excellent Firing the Guns. Well, every song on the album ranges from very good to excellent. And what would an Iron Savior album be without a cover? Judas Priest's Delivering the Goods is played here with the skills you would expect from this excellent line-up.
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