Company: Sentinel Steel
Reviewer: Eric Compton
These US rivet heads like Attacker, Jag Panzer, Riot and Overlorde arenít divagating from the task at hand, continuing to push that heavy load stateside in a time period when this kind of traditional product isnít widely acceptable. Iím 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 wasnít until now that the band released an actual album. The group released demos in 1983 and 1988, both put together as ĎLord of the Realmí 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 ĎWindriderí. Fans of traditional heavy metal should appreciate the bandís 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. Iíll 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 served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. 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.