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Iron Savior: Live At The Final Frontier

I've worked out why I'm reviewing this one – not much gets past me you know. It's because I really like Iron Savior. That needs to be placed on the metaphorical table before we proceed. I gave a big 4 stars to Rise of the Hero and an even bigger 4.5 stars to The Landing. I've seen the band live on one of their very rare appearances in the UK, I even laughed when Savior main man Piet Sielck told my youngest son that he looked like Udo Dirkschneider. Yep, it's fair to say I am a bit of a fan of the mighty Iron Savior.

Iron Savior are about as subtle as a punch in the face, and play, as my colleague Steven Reid once said, "if you haven't been paying attention, Heavy and Metal." Do you like fist-pumping metal? Come inside, there's plenty here. Do you enjoy vocals which sound like they've been hewn out of a particularly manly mountain? Come and join us. Would you rather punch yourself in the face than listen to …urgh…a ballad? Iron Savior are very much the band for you. Do you like to remind yourself about the power of Heavy Metal on a regular basis? Then you probably need to invest in this album and the rest of the Savior's back catalogue.

Live At The Final Frontier contains a pretty decent spread from the band's lengthy career although I note that "Heavy Metal Never Dies" doesn't appear to be on the CD version although it looks like it is on the download version. Slightly confusing but as a whole this is a fine introduction to one of metal's better kept secrets and as there isn't a best of album it is also a quality introduction to a quality band.

See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!

Track Listing
CD 1
1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Starlight
4. The Savior
5. Revenge Of The Bride
6. Break The Curse
7. Burning Heart
8. Mind Over Matter

CD 2
1. Hall Of The Heroes
2. R U Ready
3. Condition Red
4. I've Been To Hell
6. Coming Home
7. Iron Watcher (Medley)
8. Atlantis Falling
9. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest Cover)

1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Starlight
4. The Savior
5. Revenge Of The Bride
6. Break The Curse
7. Burning Heart
8. Mind Over Matter
9. Hall Of The Heroes
10. R U Ready
11. Condition Red
12. I've Been To Hell
13. Heavy Metal Never Dies
14. Coming Home
15. Iron Watcher (Medley)
16. Atlantis Falling
17. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest Cover)
+ (Backstage/concert Material)

Added: July 3rd 2015
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Iron Savior: Live At The Final Frontier
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-07-03 07:38:20
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For someone who hears a ton of new music on a regular basis and has a CD collection totaling in the many thousands, I'm almost ashamed to admit that Live At the Final Frontier is my introduction to Iron Savior. Well, as I've said many times, better late than never. There's just so many power metal acts out there, and to be honest, a lot of bad ones, but these guys raise the flag high and really deliver some great music that has plenty of appeal for any metal fan. This 2CD & DVD live set contains what seems to be a strong collection of songs from their lengthy back catalog, and for these 'virgin' Iron Savior ears, a great place to start. Fist pumping, head banging, air guitar fueled mashers such as "Break the Curse", "Last Hero", "Starlight", "I've Been to Hell", "Heavy Metal Never Dies", and the speedy "Mind Over Matter" can be found every step of the way, providing for no shortage of crunchy guitar riffs, rock solid rhythms, and soaring vocal hooks. It's also great to hear the band get all majestic, as they do on the stellar "Hall of the Heroes", while "R U Ready" is just thrashing, anthemic heavy metal fun. "Atlantis Falling"? It's basically icing on the cake, a blistering power metal ripper with some terrific guitar work and blistering drumming, and while the cover of "Breaking the Law" I could have done without in favor of another Iron Savior gem, overall you really can't complain about all that's on display here.

The full concert is also included on the DVD, and you can really see the band having a blast playing in front of an adoring crowd. Kudos to AFM for putting out this stacked live set and including all the video & audio formats in one charming double digipack package. Nicely done!

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