Album review: STORMZONE – Three Kings

Metal Nation Ltd (Release date 22.07.13]

The band have been around since 2004 and been building a name for themselves as they reach, their fourth album. They play classic metal with tips of the musical hat to Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy. Their metal credentials are increased even more on this new album with Neal Kaye handling production, a name associated with the NWOBHM.

‘The Pass Loning’ has a bit of Iron Maiden in the vocals and Thin Lizzy in the guitar harmonies, this is a classy piece of epic metal and then some. Mind you listen to ‘Never Trust’ for some tasty guitar in the intro, before we are off on a foot-on-the-monitors metal assault and vocalist ‘Harv’ Harbinson unleashes his inner metal beast. ‘Stone Heart’ is like Manowar but better, one for the live show methinks.

I do love the no-nonsense ‘B.Y.H.’ (bang your head!), big guitars, sing-a-long chorus and bizarrely sounds like Demon vocalist Dave Hill on the verses. ‘Wallbreaker’ is another straight ahead metal anthem and the good thing about this album is the song variety and the vocals are varied too, helping keep the listener’s attention.

They do epics too with ‘The Pain Inside’, starting with a military snare and a few words from Winston Churchill, coupled with harmonic guitars. Around the two minute mark the music kinks in big time and loving that chorus! There is even a ballad, ‘Beware In Time’, acoustic guitars to the fore and I think some strings in the background, making it one of the album highlights for me.

This is a stonking slab of classic metal with a modern touch here and there. Definitely deserves a place in your CD collection/download library.


Jason Ritchie

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