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Iron Savior: Skycrest

The prolific Iron Savior return to at least put some form of positivity in the end of 2020, one of the crappiest years on record. Not that it has been plain sailing in Savior land (Hamburg, Germany to be exact).... The production of Skycrest was, like everything else punctuated by the pandemic and a serious illness for Savior bassist Jan S. Eckert .

Mainman Piet Sielck comments, “That facts certainly rubs off on the creative process, but does not focus on the negative events. On the contrary, it binds the band together a good deal more. Corona also had an influence, of course, and at once precisely not. During the lockdown I´ve had a lot of time, but I couldn't manage anything creatively. I just didn't manage to write great lyrics and positive songs in this heavy times. I also didn't want this depressive „Corona mood“ to appear on the album. We don't live in Seattle and do tune our guitars, so Depression is not us.”

'Depression' is, and never has been a word to place along Iron Savior �" 'fist pumping,' 'anthemic,' and 'metal,' yes 'metal' are the key words which are required when talking about the Savior. The chances of Herren Sieleck, Eckert, Küstner and Klose breaking out hip-hop grooves or doing anything outside the confines of trad/power metal are about as likely as Brexit being a good idea. One knows exactly what one is going to get with Iron Savior. They're like a power metal AC/DC.

Skycrest is just what an uncertain world needs. Riffs aplenty, solos abound, big backing vocals and pounding drums and yes, oh yes, big fuck off choruses. Yet, wait...what's that lurking towards the end of the album? Oh my word, its...a...ballad! An actual ballad. A straight ballad, not a power ballad, a slow song with a heartfelt vocal by the formerly poor Herr Eckert. Wow! It's really excellent and offers a different side of the Savior but let's be honest what we really came here for are the non-more-metal tracks such as the ultra bouncy single "Souleater" and the super guitars exemplified in "Hellbreaker" and "Ode to the Brave" which completes the record on a high with all Savior lyrical conceits in situ such as steel, burnin', swords etc.

Right at the very end of the year, Iron Savior has arrived to make things just a little bit better and thank goodness for that.

Track Listing:
Vinyl: (00:51:31)
A 01 - The Guardian
A 02 - Skycrest
A 03 - Our Time Has Come
A 04 - Hellbreaker
A 05 - Souleater
A 06 -Welcome To The New World
B 07 - There Can Be Only One
B 08 - Silver Bullet
B 09 - End Of The Rainbow
B 10 - Ease Your Pain
B 11 - Ode To The Brave

Added: November 25th 2020
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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