IRONSWORD - Overlords of Chaos CD
Shadow Kingdom Records
One of the best things about the growing Battle Metal genre is how it has brought to the surface so many traditional or NWOBHM sounding bands to the forefront. The funny thing is that long before all the genre defining went on, we just called it METAL. That's what this power trio from Portugal plays, METAL. It's the sound from a bygone era. Back in a time when men were men and carried swords of steel. Women were women but they were scantly clad and big breasted. And metrosexuals were not writing books on metal. The tracks on Overlords of Chaos read like titles to epic fantasy paperbacks. "Dark Shadows Of Stygia", "Wrath Of Crom" and "The Pyre Of Kings" all conjure up visions of barbarians storming the gates of Metal Hell crashing through to reclaim their true throne. Musically this is powerful with heavy handed riffs, leads that will slice torsos in half and singalong choruses to raise your fists too. Hail the horns! Hail the steel! Plus there's also special guest vocals by MANILLA ROAD's Mark Shelton on a couple of tracks. That just adds more to the authentic feeling this release has.