For almost 30 years Germany’s IRON SAVIOR has been cranking out some of the best Power Metal on the planet. Mastermind Piet Sielck has been a visionary in the genre and the writer of some of the great Melodic Metal tracks ever recorded.
Strong words? I personally don’t think so, I grew up on a steady diet of Power Metal going back to the 80’s, I’ve heard a LOT of Metal over the years and IRON SAVIOR rarely disappoints. For the first half of their career I was wondering why they weren’t getting more attention. It seems not they’re getting the proper respect the music deserves.
IRON SAVIOR has branded themselves as this futuristic space travel fantasy band. They do some great “Metal” themed anthems and often dwell in Medieval times as well, but their imagery and general style are more about the cosmos.
For those who have followed the band over the years “Firestar” is very consistent with past work. Power Metal, for better or worse, isn’t overly experimental, the fans want the bands to stay within the boundaries. That’s not to say there aren’t bands who explore with current trends, but IRON SAVIOR has generally done what they always do, and they do it extremely well.
You’ll hear plenty of layered and melodic huge choruses that put the “Power” in Power Metal. Sielck has a good ear for hooks and uses them throughout the album. “Through The Fires Of Hell” is one track that jumped out at me for just hitting on a cylinders. If you listen closely you almost hear some “Queen” in the vocals parts, I would venture to say the British legends were and influence on Sielck’s writing, not a bad band to emulate.
“In The Realm Of Heavy Metal” is the albums major “Anthem” that pays homage to the genre as a whole. It’s everything you want in a song like this, a singalong chorus and raging guitars, drum and bass.
That leads to the band itself, which is nothing without amazing players. The current lineup is as tight as they’ve ever been. Drummer Patrick Klose does and amazing job, his job is not just keeping the time but adding that “sonic” element to the songs and he does both extremely well.
As a whole it’s a strong album for IRON SAVIOR in their own library and in the genre itself. After yearly 30 years of playing a style of music that can take a toll on you physically, they sound like they’re as fresh as ever and show no signs of slowing down.
IRON SAVIOR is:
Piet Sielck (vocals, guitars)
Joachim “Piesel” Küstner (guitars)
Jan S. Eckert (bass)
Patrick Klose (drums)