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Luzifer – ‘Iron Shackles’

High Roller Records
Angel Witch, Cirith Ungol, Heavy Load, Satan, Mercyful Fate
Release Date
March 25, 2022
High Roller Records
Heavy Metal

                Unlike the bands of the past when you could just dedicate you time to just one band, these days, the business is less financially stable, and many musicians find themselves in multiple bands just to get by. One such band are Vulture as its members expand out from playing speed metal to a more trad sound with their latest offering, Luzifer and their debut album ‘Iron Shackles’.

                With ‘Iron Shackles’, Luzifer turn the clock all the way back to 1979 with a NWOBHM sound which is more Tyne & Wear than Dortmund. This means that any of the tracks on ‘Iron Shackles’ could easily fit in on any of the ‘Neat Records’ compilations. Tracks such ‘Barrow Downs’, ‘Der Goldene Reiter’ and the title track have all the enjoyability of Angel Witch and Tygers of Pan Tang, but also the deeper cuts from the likes of Witchfynde, Aragorn and Saracen. However, dig beneath the NWOBHM veneer and the listener will also find something a little more international, touches of Heavy Load, Mercyful Fate and Candlemass meld with the acquired taste of Cirith Ungol and Omen to create a Frankenstein’s monster that is actually very, very enjoyable.

                ‘Iron Shackles’ may take a few listens to get into, but it is well worth the effort, this is an album which grows with each listen and before too long, you’ll find yourself in love with it and playing it constantly.

"an acquired taste, but it is bloody good"

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