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Steel Preacher - Route 666 Indy Release reviewed by: EC

Track Listing

1. Into war
2. Sworn to fight
3. Route 666
4. Metal till death
5. Fire and steel
6. Metalforces
7. Story of steel
8. Messengers of steel
"Route 666" is the self financed demo from Germany's Steel Preacher.

Most of you familiar with my reviews know that I'm a huge fan of German power metal. Steel Preacher fits nicely in what I like to think of as my personal metal niche. This 3-piece rough and tumble act seems hell bent on chasing women, drinking beer, and playing fast heavy metal ala Tankard or Accept. The group really drives home a dirty, bluesy metal sound on the listener. One can almost think of Motorhead at times, only a bit more metal oriented as opposed to punk.

Vocalist Steel Preacher (I'm not kidding!) reminds me of Death SS frontman Steve Sylvester, with a high pitched grainy vocal style on these songs. Of course this is only a demo so those vocals may change on better production, but I like what he is doing with these songs.

Tracks like "Sworn To Fight" and "Route 666" are great German fare, with tons of guitar melody grinding across a mid-paced assault of old school metal. Belgian new wave band Killer comes to mind on some songs like "Metal Till Death", with its down and dirty thrash attack over a tight drum battery courtesy of Hendrick. The band even takes some time to poke fun at metal warriors Manowar with "Story Of Steel".

The band did a great job packaging this album, with a killer album cover and a nice in-lay booklet to go with it. Its really surprising to think of this as a demo, but the band insists that's all it is right now.

Great things are sure to come for Steel Preacher. Hopefully the band can land a decent record deal and we can hear a better produced offering next time. Limb and Remedy, please check these guys out!!

Rock Hard, Die Free.


--EC 11.11.03
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.

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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Route 666Steel Preacher
2003
Eric Compton11/10/2003
Start Raising HellSteel Preacher
2004
Eric Compton11/29/2004


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