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Rising Steel: Fight Them All

Usually, no obstructions get in the way of hard-pounding Heavy Metal with its fiery-breath of hard-hitting normality, however French Metal militia Rising Steel fall short of the mark with their sophomore record Fight Them All; losing that supplementary punch that was undeniably needed for this one to be more of a meatier outing. Unquestionably, Grenoble’s mystic warriors are a muscular elite with their Speed Metal modification of the genre’s past ancestors and they transparently are a robust elite to be reckoned with; nonetheless they just express a cliché rendition of a heavily-calculated exhibition of songs carefully in the vein of veterans Saxon, Running Wild and Grave Digger, but also visiting more contemporary acts like neighbouring French Hellenic-campaigners Lonewolf, Frankfurt's Viking revolutionists Rebellion and weighty U.S Power Metallers Cage.

Reflecting on the bulk of material displayed to the armed and loaded onlookers throughout this pretty uniformed offering, the thundering Judas-led clique keep circumstances apparently safe with the concrete opener and the leading single of this hulking production ‘Mystic Voices’ before leading into denser matters on the more prolific unifications of the prolific ‘Black Heart’ and the Slayer-esque Thrash encounter of ‘Malefice’; challenging the evident quantity of the added simplistic identification of the slightly piquant title-track ‘Fight Them All’ and the never-surrendering banality of the satisfyingly-duplicated episode labelled ‘Metal nation’. Wam-welcoming components of this metalicious concoction can be detectable in the darker pits of this flame rising exploitation; breaking through the walls with the devastatingly-devouring compositions of the up-tempo goblet raising ‘Steel Hammer’, the pungent pinnacle outstretching of ‘Master Control’ and the rage-imposing brutality of ‘Savage’.

Additionally, one of the most bizarre moments to experience during this book of war hymns is the ridiculously-titled ‘Pussy’. Cunningly guided by the classic-era Judas Priest, the metal studs and the skin-tight leather have come out of the well-grounded woodwork to play vigorously hard on this thriftless subsection, playing blustering Rock ‘N Roll gracefully to save the souls of humanity and to charmingly raise the glasses of the fist-pumping hordes with a slickly-dusted catchy kick-ass endeavour that champions the roots of the Hard Rock dominion; banishing anyone from the hallowed sanctuary and holy land of the opaque clouds of pedal to the metal Hardened Rock N’ Roll approach for the continuous battle born futuristic chapters of Rising Steel.

Over the duration, one pinnacle point to note is Emmanuelson’s vocals can sometimes sound very repetitive and they can get a bit tedious at the best of times; leaving the same uninspired tonality lying comatosed in the dismal boneyards of the lower points of this acute fighting campaign and falling flat in the midst of the yawning chasms. Do not be fooled by this though as the dependable list of compositions on offer do not just lay waiting in the deafening thunder and the hardened rain; Rising Steel does have the outright grit to contend with but lacks that extra kick that one would truly and honestly desire from an auditory Heavy Metal presentation.

Comprehensively, there is plenty to get on with for the traditional fanatics of the heavily-immersed sophistication of the Metal disposed on this substantial vessel of the outfit’s subsequent album following the back-catalogue launch of Return Of The Warlord back in 2016, cutting through the edges of mankind and rising up through the burning ashes with power, greed and elemental steel; envisaging the nailing obscurity of the righteous flock but safely and commanding without breaking too many speed limits or leaping out of the surrounding boundaries with some appealing satisfaction.


  1. Mystic Voices
  2. Fight Them All
  3. Steel Hammer
  4. Blackheart
  5. Savage
  6. Gloomy World
  7. Malefice
  8. Metal Nation
  9. Pussy
  10. Led by Judas
  11. Master Control

Added: November 9th 2020
Reviewer: James Mannion
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 902
Language: english

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