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Iron Savior
Titancraft
Type: CD
Company: AFM
Release: 2016
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published:7/21/2016
Continues the same pursuit of excellence
It's hard to imagine mid-tier acts like Iron Savior are well into 20 plus year careers. 'Titancraft' is the band's tenth album to date and continues the same pursuit of excellence that existed on the band's debut in 1997. This one follows the same formula as its predecessors. It was recorded at Powerhouse Studio in Germany, illustrated by Felipe Machado Franco and continues the epic storyline that was conceived over the band's discography. While Iron Savior have never incorporated robust symphonic sounds like a Blind Guardian or Helloween, they aren't quite as basic as an Accept or Grave Digger. Oddly the closest comparison over the years is Gamma Ray with its streamlined Teutonic sound enveloped with double-bass, verse-verse-bridge-chorus and harmonized vocals. Highlights here are "Way of the Blade", "Gunsmoke" and the moody "The Sun Won’t Rise in Hell".

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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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All reviews for Iron Savior:
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REVIEWER DATE
Battering RamIron Savior
2004
Ken Pierce10/19/2004
MegatropolisIron Savior
2007
Eric Compton8/17/2007
The LandingIron Savior
2011
Eric Compton2/16/2012
TitancraftIron Savior
2016
Eric Compton7/21/2016



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