Sound the horn, rally the troops under the Fleur dis Lis and raise the Oriflamme because this this year has Rising Steel returning for another cavalry charge down into the melee as they release their third and latest album ‘Beyond the Gates of Hell’.
Those familiar with Rising Steel’s brand of heavy metal will know exactly what ‘Beyond…’ is going to provide. This is good, old-school heavy metal with just enough touches of power metal to make the listener want to draw and wet their sword in the blood of their enemies. This is wrapped up in a good production which allows every single instrument to be heard as riff after riff relentlessly coupled by the thunderous volley of artillery fire from the drums batter the listener into submission even before the fiery vocals of Emmanuelson provide some good heavy metal hooks. This means that ‘Beyond…’ shows that Rising Steel continue to have all the appeal of Judas Priest, Malice as well as the chest beating machismo of Manowar with tracks such as ‘Death of a Vampire’, ‘From Darkness’ and ‘Skullcrusher’ really showing what this band are fully capable of.
Of course, there is nothing here that is unexpected or has been done before, but really what do you expect? There is one thing that is certain is that with ‘Beyond…’, Rising Steel have delivered of the best albums of their career.
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