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IRON ANGEL - Hellbound
(Mighty Music, 4 May 2018)
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 27 Aug 2018
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When a band that has been on a hiatus for as long as Iron Angel have is releasing a new studio album, you never know what to expect. Will they keep true to their original sound? Will they "experiment"? Will they be able to write songs as strong as back in the heyday? I was truly relieved upon the first spin of "Hellbound", and I'm sure I wasn't the only one to feel this way, as the 10 tunes this new version of the band has forged are exactly what I was hoping to hear from them. With Dirk Schroeder being the only remaining member of the '80s line-ups (the rest joined ca. 2015-16) the band somehow managed to record an album that sounds just like Iron Angel. Sure, the production is up to date, sure, Dirk's vocals are not as dirty as they used to be, but from the opening tune "Writing's on the Wall" until the last bars of the closer "Ministry of Metal" you know who you're listening to and you can't mistake their unique Teutonic speed metal sound for anything else. The guys are ripping through the songs rarely slowing the pace (actually, the only slower moment here is the 20-second-long beginning of "Carnivore Flashmob"), making you uncontrollably bang your head and tap your feet, the double-bass style. Moaners will be moaners and you will surely hear "They've not progressed at all..." on one hand or "This is not "Hellish Crossfire..."" on the other, but who cares? Dirk keeps the spirit of the band alive and, like I've already said, "Hellbound" is more or less what I and many other fans wanted to hear from Iron Angel in 2018. The album certainly didn't floor me in any way, but it's a very strong speed metal release which I'm happy to add to my collection and which I'll be coming back to on a regular basis.
Rating: 8

Written by Wojtek Gabriel

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Tags: Iron Angel, speed metal, teutonic metal, Hellbound
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