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Striker (Canada) - 2016 Stand In The Fire

ARTIST: Striker (Canada)
ALBUM: Stand In The Fire
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Dan Cleary - vocals * Timothy Brown - guitars * Trent 'The Quantum Villain' Halliwell - guitars * Wild Bill - bass * Adam Brown - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Phoenix Lights * 02 Out For Blood * 03 Too Late * 04 Stand In The Fire * 05 The Iron Never Lies * 06 Escape From Shred City * 07 Outlwa * 08 Locked In * 09 United * 10 Better Times * 11 One Time



These guys are sort of veterans to the scene, (being around since 2007-2008) and have been pitched at the heavy metal genre. However, despite the heavier than thou sound, there is a lot of melody apparent with these Canucks, that makes them an interesting proposition for GDM readers. I saw a YouTube Clip and came away rather impressed. Plus, former GDM writer Luigi gave them a thumbs up on Facebook so that was all it took to check them out.

The Songs
It doesn't take long for these blokes to go from zero to 100. Huge sound, massive drums, guitars a-plenty and a singer who has obviously listened to the best screamers the 80's had to offer. 'Phoenix Lights' is as manic as it gets, and I'd go so far as to say they have more impact than everyone's favourite Swedes: Eclipse. 'Out For Blood' takes us into near thrash territory, but it's still melodic and tasteful. 'Too Late' takes a big hit of anthemic hair metal, with twin guitars burning. Oh yeah, I am arming to these guys big time., and this was the song on YouTube, you can see the link below. You gotta love some of these song-titles.. 'The Iron Never Lies' is one that got me smiling, as huge as it sounds. I'm thinking at this stage, Striker sound similar to fellow Canadians Blessed By A Broken Heart which left a stunning album back in 2012: 'Feel The Power'. Moving on from the instrumental 'Escape From Shred City', team Striker deliver 'Outlaw' in a blaze of defiance. They go for broke on 'Locked In' which so far, is my favourite track. The metal anthem 'United' with gang chants taken from the back-alleys of history takes us back to the 80's, 'Better Times' is also a hugely magnetic affair. On the closer 'One Time', I thought Striker were going to take us out on a ballad, but much to my relief - they don't. You have to wait to the three minute mark for the band to erupt into action.

In Summary
This is an amazing album for the genre that they operate in. There's youthful energy, total professional musicianship to boot and a bunch of songs that will raise some heads in 2016. With fellow Canucks Epic just around the corner, plus a bunch of low-flying names of a metal variety to be found across the vast Canadian landscape, it seems now is a good opportunity to rediscover metal of the maple-leaf variety once again, amybe also an opportunity to check out Striker's back-catalogue. [word count 412]

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#1 | gdazegod on March 01 2016 04:03:08
Striker - 2016 Too Late
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#2 | george_the_jack on March 02 2016 23:06:26
Oh, this sounds like real 80s metal! Thanks for pointing out these guys to me George. I have to check them asap.
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