Iron Savior was making what appeared to be their first ever visit to NYC and doing a show at the venerated B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. We made sure to be on point for this exciting band and if you scroll past the logo below you will be brought to our article.
Artist: Iron Savior Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY) Opener: Arctic Flame & Cypher Seer Date: 9/24/2008 Label: Noise Records
The German Power Metal invasion that had started off the week only a couple of days before with Helloween and Gamma Ray continued its assault as Iron Savior took over the stage of the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on Wednesday. According to my research, the band while having visited the States before for a festival event had never really embarked on a full-scale national tour and that was something amazing to realize especially with the band releasing albums for the past ten plus years. Since tonight would mark the band’s very first New York City appearance I knew that the best place to be for any Metal fan who knew their stuff would be right here inside the venue. The summer heat was still on us so it would be great to be inside a cool venue that was dishing out some really hot Metal. The openers for the gig would be a couple of local acts that many of the area Metal fans are rather fond of with Cypher Seer starting it off and Arctic Flame leading up the charge for Iron Savior’s guys to do their thing. The three band bill looked to start on the early side so since I had hours to go, I wandered about the Virgin Megastore and the communal Metal meeting ground of Smith’s bar before I made my way back to catch the first band. Should you be one of the many who missed out on this night, here is how it went down. Continue reading Iron Savior @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/24/2008)→
Artist: Savage Circus Title: “Dreamland Manor” Label: Century Media Records Release Date: 3/21/2006 Genre: Power Metal Rating: 8/10
The minute you begin to play the debut release by Savage Circus you will feel as though you are revisiting classic Blind Guardian music with some unreleased archives or even perhaps something by Demons & Wizards. In reality this is something new and exciting but due to the line up responsible the resultant confusion is possible. Formed by Thomen Staunch (previously of Blind Guardian) this new band takes a gamble by choosing to revisit the roots of the genre and as each track goes by you can tell that this was a smart bet to take. “Omen” felt returning to his classic style and sound would be accepted by the legions that also enjoy his work in Blind Guardian. Joining him in this endeavor would be two members of the Swedish band “Persuader” (Jens Carlsson, vocals & Emil Norberg, guitars) along with Piet Sielck from Iron Savior. From there the formula was simple for the band would be adept and accomplished in this style and easily able to handle the framework of the material. Quick time changes and intricate yet powerful melodies are par for the course on this album that will appeal to Blind Guardian fans very much. As a matter of fact you will be impressed at how much Jens pulls off a Hansi like vocal style all around the record. Being able to handle vocals of this style just goes to show the level of performer that Jens is. It also makes me feel we can count on some Blind Guardian to be performed when the band tours. Perhaps a little “Persuader” or “Iron Savior” can be counted on as well, and if you have not heard these two bands you should look into them. Savage Circus takes a little from each and makes it something special for music fans. Continue reading “Dreamland Manor” by Savage Circus→
Artist: Iron Savior Title: “Battering Ram” Label: Noise Records Release Date: 6/22/2004 Genre: Heavy Metal/Power Metal Rating: 9/10
This CD starts off with a bang that instantly gets you into the groove of the music. While Iron Savior has been around for a few albums already I have not had any exposure to them so I was not certain what to expect from them with this release. However, loading “Battering Ram” into the CD player did not give me any disappointment. One thing that stands out on this CD in particular is that it is a definite homage to the early power metal that came before it. Heavy tracks with excellent guitars and drums and vocal lines that make you raise your voices and fists into the air. There are also a wide variety of styles going through the piece, not all numbers are fast. One or two of them have a Judas Priest feel while others could be a Motley Crue track if done by those bands. Not bad comparisons. Continue reading “Battering Ram” by Iron Savior→