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Switchblade - 2013 Heavy Weapons

ARTIST: Switchblade
ALBUM: Heavy Weapons
LABEL: Killer Metal Records
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Switchblade


LINEUP: Lior 'Steinmetal' Stein - vocals * Federico 'FedeRock' Taich - guitars * Sascha Latman - bass * Moshe 'Moshpit' Sabah - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heavy Weapons * 02 Euphoria * 03 Metalista * 04 Lost Lovers Unite * 05 The Lost Kingdom * 06 Infernal Paradise * 07 Curse Of The Father, Sins Of The Son * 08 Into The Unknown * 09 Endless War



I crossed paths with this Israeli outfit toward the end of 2013. Their appearance and sound is definitely at the heavier end of the spectrum, their image coming from the tough tatts and leathers brigade. Looking as tough as a bunch of rusk biscuits for kiddies, these boys come out swinging from round one, guitars used for chainsaws and vocals used as an infrasonic device guaranteed to rupture a kidney or two. This is mostly inspired from the early 80's of Judas Priest, with a touch of Iron Maiden, particularly the Bruce Dickinson styled vocals. It's big sounding and boisterous metal, that'll have fans of modern exponents such as Brazilians Hibria wanting to investigate further. The band have been around since 2005, and have had a heap of line-up changes, but this album is their debut, after a bunch of songs were released as digital singles. Signed to Germany's Killer Metal Records (great name btw!), here's 'Heavy Weapons'.

The Songs
Brutal would be the best way to describe the band's introduction onto my ear drums. The title track 'Heavy Weapons' tries its best to rearrange my aural capacity, the only relief I'm given is when the band ease for the solo section. I'll jump around the track listing a bit, because I want to cover songs in a certain order.. 'Endless War' was the band's first single, and it's definitely at the Accept end of the metal spectrum. Its speedy metal with more than a hint to their 'Restless & Wild' and 'Balls To The Wall' era. 'Euphoria' was the other track coupled with 'Endless War', a definite hint of Iron Maiden on this one. 'Metalista' features some huge chugging guitars a la Tipton/Downing, and if your ears were slightly deceiving, then this could make a great Judas Priest tribute song. Good to see the boys initially drop the heavy electrics for the subdued 'Lost Lovers Unite', it's a power ballad that changes tempo, style and gears druing its 5 minute discourse. 'The Lost Kingdom' is a brief 2 minute instrumental that is thick with electric grooves and riffs. I liked the industrial heaviness of 'Infernal Paradise', still melodic, but very dense, not unlike Swedes Coldspell. With a title like 'Curse Of The Father, Sins Of The Son', you'd think this bears all the hallmarks of Dio or Astral Doors. Not quite, probably delivered in a heavier style than both those outfits, but not quite the finesse. 'Into The Unknown' has a staggered guitar riff, Manowar in places, but that would be too simplistic a comparison.

In Summary
These guys have announced themselves with this album. It's solid without being original or worldbeating. But tell me, what is within the metal world these days? Switchblade could be a great band to see live, and with a bunch of 80's styled tunes at the ready, the European summer circuit could be just the place to see them headbanging their way to further popularity among metal fans.

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