|Review: Icy Steel - As The Gods Command|
|As The Gods Command|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:As The Gods Command
Rated 4.8/5 (96%) (10 Votes)
I was a huge fan of Icy Steel's debut CD from 2007, so I was majorly chuffed to get their new one. Icy Steel play Epic Metal very much in the vein of fellow Italians Doomsword and Wotan, and more epicness is always good in my book. So here we have the follow-up album As the Gods Command and it is indeed a riff-fest of massive proportions.
Faster and harder than the debut, this album is maybe less epic and more straight-up Heavy Metal. Icy Steel have a real instinct for catchy riffs and powerful leads, and this album is an air-guitar cramp waiting to happen. The production is a bit more trebly and not as viscerally heavy as the sound on the first disc, but it does make for some razor-sharp riffing. Again the vocals are strong but without almost any really memorable melodies to work with, and the guitar work is the center of the album, complete with awesome leadwork This is a more than solid album, but it does not quuiiiiite measure up to the massive ownage of the debut. Still a definite must-have for real Heavy Metal fans.
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