Type: CD Company: Sentinel Steel Release: 2005 Genre: Traditional Reviewer: Eric Compton Published: 5/5/2005
Traditional fans should appreciate the nuts and bolts approach
These US rivet heads like Attacker, Jag Panzer, Riot and Overlorde aren’t divagating from the task at hand, continuing to push that heavy load stateside in a time period when this kind of traditional product isn’t widely acceptable. I’m loving the rejuvenated bands and Axehammer is another fine example of old is once new again. The interesting thing about this L.A. act is they began their career in 1982, but it wasn’t until now that the band released an actual album. The group released demos in 1983 and 1988, both put together as ‘Lord of the Realm’ by Sentinel Steel in 1998. Now, original members Jerry Watt (guitars) and Bill Ramp (vocalist) combine with a new line-up to offer the pounding ‘Windrider’. Fans of traditional heavy metal should appreciate the band’s nuts and bolts approach. The riffs are quicker to mid-paced with an emphasis on European pageantry while the vocals are mid-range to operatic, hitting runs and anthems. While not breaking any new ground, they still possess that unmistakable denim and leather. I’ll bet this band has groupies at the classic metal fests like Keep It True.
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.
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