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“New Metal Leader” by Ross The Boss

Artist: Ross The Boss
Title: “New Metal Leader”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 1/13/2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

You know his name very well from being one of the founding members of the group that told the Metal legions to “Hail and Kill” and with six albums with them under his belt Ross The Boss has finally returned to his public with a new band, new music and an album that recalls the glory days of Power Metal’s formative years. With such Metal classics as Manowar’s first six releases and their still being active in the game today you might be asking yourself if you can count on the RTB material to follow the standard that they have been setting and I can safely inform you that he is not, and thank the Metal powers that be that this is the case. Personally I have felt that the only thing that Manowar has been killing for the past few years and albums is my overall interest in them for rather than continuing to rally the troops on Metal’s behalf, they have become a joke of their own design. Of course I am not alone in this opinion but I am also only on the judgmental side as well for there are those fans who would walk blindly into the fire with the band even though this is no longer my viewpoint. Ross’ new band was formed from the seeds of a Manowar Tribute act that he enjoyed performing with and realized that the potential for future greatness lay within. His prowess at the lead guitar and song writing of this kind compiled with capable musicians makes “New Metal Leader” a truly fantastic listen. I mentioned that he did not follow the exact path that his former band did, but yet with this being so, there is a regal majesty to many of the songs found on the release and a number of its topics deal with the whole sword and sorcery/high adventure theme. The upside to every tune is that nothing at all sounds dated or tired. This is an exciting album that leads you into new paths of adventure from the opening flourish of “I.L.H.”. “Blood Of Knives” thunders with power while “I Got The Right” might be one of those tunes that the audience sings along with the band to and it continues on in righteous fashion. “Matador” is rather epic on its own and another clear winner comes at us via “Death And Glory” and “Plague Of Lies”. Good stuff that had me head banging after only a few minutes of listening.
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