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Bullet (Sweden) - 2014 Storm Of Blades

ARTIST: Bullet (Sweden)
ALBUM: Storm Of Blades
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Hell Hofer - vocals * Hampus Klang - guitar * Alexander Lyrbo - guitar * Adam Hector - bass * Gustav Hjortsjo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Uprising * 02 Storm Of Blades * 03 Riding High * 04 Tornado * 05 Hawk Eyes * 06 This One's For You * 07 Haqmmer Down * 08 It's On * 09 Crossfire * 10 Run With The Hunted



When everything else in heavy metal seems like a lost cause you can always bank on Bullet to serve up the goods- at least that's the way it's been since their 2006 debut 'Heading To The Top'. Read any of the previous reviews here and you'll get an idea of what these Swedish metal rebels are all about, mainly keeping the spirit of the 80's alive with their impeccable blend of AC/DC meets Judas Priest and various others mixture. I've always wondered however when Bullet might finally hit a roadblock and disappoint, something which the departure of original guitarist Erik Almstrom could potentially have caused upon his departure. Luckily it isn't the case and his replacement Alexander Lyrbo fits in seamlessly, but in terms of overall effect this wasn't the most immediate of Bullet's albums for me, which really isn't as bad as it sounds.

The Songs
Every Bullet album has almost instantly resonated with me, but I'll admit it took three or four listens for this one to sink in until I could appreciate its charms. I thought a lot about the reasons for this, but the main one is the lack of boogie elements that were present on their previous albums. The album is solidly metal throughout naturally, but lacks that type of Krokus track circa 1982 which was present previously. This time it's all Accept and AC/DC, with a blend of typically high octane rockers and simmering, slower tracks which are just as intense. The title track is a classic from the opening riff, one of the heaviest songs in their canon so far, nestled firmly in 1984 boasting a chorus with 'heavy metal' shouted in no uncertain terms. Nobody does it as convincingly as Bullet. 'Riding High' is a good melodic number, with Accept like riffs easily noticeable and more effective than the Germans themselves. It's back to the AC/DC sound with 'Tornado' and another catchy chorus, which is one of the strongest elements of the album. 'Hawk Eyes' is a straight tear up, just what is required, making most so called traditional metal bands look laughable.. Manowar anyone? 'This Ones for You' and 'Hammer Down' both deliver measured riffs and hooks, not as fast but equally as heavy. The speed is delivered by 'It's On' and 'Run With The Hunted,' the latter sharing billing with the title track as one of the heaviest things Bullet has ever done.

In Summary
Another superlative effort from Bullet, a band who truly understand the philosophy of heavy metal and how it's supposed to sound. This could be viewed as more anthemic than usual, but all the riffs and dynamics are on view and Hell Hofer continues to be one of the most underrated screamers in the genre. My first listen almost had me wondering, but I persevered and can honestly say this rates with anything they've done so far. Notch another one up for Bullet.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 25 2014 22:13:17
There's still a lot of nay-sayers and haters out there for this band. Can't see why TBH.
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