Closing in on a decade since Striker’s inception, “Stand In The Fire” is a solid effort with all members firing on all cylinders delivering their best yet. Having built on such great earlier releases such as Eyes In The Night and Armed To The Teeth, Striker is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. There are many bands along the heavy metal landscape that tread this path, such as White Wizzard, Holy Grail, Enforcer, Skull Fist or even hints of Mr. Big, and Racer X. It’s all about integrity and writing good songs.
“Phoenix Lights” opens things up with a swirling guitar rampage with a kick ass backbeat. The fast melody and catchy lyrics are poignant, with Dan Clearys’ clean vocals full of energy and range. “Out For Blood” has a nice double-beat back groove to it with fast chopping guitar hooks, accompanied by a saxophone midway through, which works really well giving the song an added dynamic.
“Too Late’ has a slower midtempo feel to it and a real old-school metal rock vibe to boot. Perhaps a good musical comparison might be night Ranger meets racer X. Good melody and raunchy guitar swagger that gels well into a mainstream sound. The title track “Stand In The Fire” opens with a deep triple bass beat and quick machine-gun fire guitars, boosting the songs strong message of; face the heat and stick to your guns. Trent Halliwell and Timothy Browns’ double guitar attack brings this track to a metal Zenith.
“The Iron Never Lies” is a good number combining different tempo changes and altering melodic passages with strong heavy-metal anthems. The sixth track on Stand In The Fire is a blazing instrumental called “Escape From Shred City” with oodles of fretboard action and a great bass rhythm section smashing it all together.
“Outlaw” takes things into the heavier category with crushing rhythm and manic arpeggios. Fast and thrashy, with loud and proud sonic vocals, definitely one of my favorites on this album. “Locked In” has a very catchy riff to it that weaves swiftly throughout Adam Browns’ dynamic drumming and wild bills deep bass (keeping things in the pocket). Dan Clearys’ vocals takes this song to the top, hitting some insanely high octaves!
The song “United” is a great metal rock anthem that will have the crowds chanting along. Very well written, simple and to the point, with some interesting twists and turns. Cool tune! “Better Times” has a great combination of a heavy
mid-tempo riff/sludge, with a quick tempo thrashing chorus. Excellent progressive time changes, yet holding the original melodic song structure. \m/
The final track off this album, “One Life” clocks in under five minutes, yet plays out like a longer more epic song. Starting out with rich acoustics and soulfuly strong vocals, it morphs into a monstrous heavy-metal beast (that’ll having you hitting repeat).
With a building impressive discography, Striker are focused and ambitious on this release, taking their musical capabilities to the next level delivering a very powerful heavy metal album, full of intricate workings and memorable
Considering I prefer thrashing blackened death metal I still thoroughly enjoyed this album and I would rate it 7 outta 10 ;}
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