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Steelwing: Zone Of Alienation

A lot has been said recently about so called 'retro' bands and the jury is still out on many of the pretenders and wannabes who seem to simply jump on the next spandex express to cashville.

With many of them wanting to relive the 80's with limited success, sometimes a band can emerge who sound like they just jumped out of a Delorian and the last few decades never happened. As they say 'time flies when you're in a coma' and Steelwing have certainly been asleep for a long time. This Scandinavian band can only be described as a complete triumph and breath of fresh air, with simple twin guitars ripping solo's from thin air, combined with riffs and melodies that would resurrect any denim patched jacket out of retirement. Doffing their bandanas in the direction of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon, they have quite simply nailed the sound perfectly while still sustaining a sound unique to them. 'Full Speed Ahead' does exactly what the title suggests and 'Breathless' is the kind of track Dokken wished they could write today. With Riley on vocals reaching testicle shredding highs this is an album that has opened many doors thought long barricaded and locked. Even the albums intro takes you on a journey to the world where Betamax and VHS fought for supremacy. 'Tokkotai' is pure hard rock with a sublime stomping riff in the middle in readiness for the air guitar antics that will have you using the couch as a monitor Steve Harris style.

Steelwing may not be for everyone but for me, next to the latest release from Orange Goblin this certainly ranks right up there. If metals future relies on dipping into the past to progress forward then Steelwing are the torch bearers. Now let's get into the van…..Hammersmith Odeon or bust!!!

Track Listing
1. 2097 A.D.
2. Solar Wind Riders
3. Full Speed Ahead!
4. Breathless
5. Tokkotai (Wind Of Fury)
6. Zone Of Alienation
7. The Running Man
8. They Came From The Skies
9. Lunacy Rising

Added: March 10th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 2112
Language: english

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