STRIKER - Stand In The Fire

Striker - Stand In The Fire

11 songs
43:19 minutes
***** ****


Two years ago, I was quite stricken by the third album City Of Gold from Canadian metal band Striker. Now they are back with their fourth longplayer Stand In The Fire, and for the first time they decided to do it without a record label.

Donít expect any great innovations with Striker, or you might be disappointed. The four Canadians from Edmonton still play a mix of heavy, power, speed and thrash metal with strong roots in the Eighties. All the stereotypes from three decades ago can be found on Stand In The Fire. Dan Clearyís vocals are clean throughout and work also in the higher registers. His performance show some parallels to Alan Tecchio (Hades, Watchtower), although he doesnít sound quite that extreme. Tim Brown is an excellent guitarist who is also fond of unleashing lots of solos, not unlike it was fashionable way back then on Shrapnel shred records. A lot of the songs are quite high paces, which becomes clear on the first two tracks. Out For Blood even surprises with a saxophone solo, which is a rather rare thing in metal. The band can also act differently, as on the first single Too Late, which turns out rather catchy. Even though Striker claim that their biggest role model are their compatriots Exciter, they also have a certain fondness for Night Ranger and the likes, allowing their music occasional bouts of stadium rock atmosphere. The semi-ballad The Iron Never Lies comes with a certain amount of cheesiness, which is ok if you take it with a sense of humour. I prefer of course the fiercer tracks, especially Locked In that reminds me of Lššz Rockit. Another highlight is the Iron Maiden inspired United.

I believe that people who have grown up in the Eighties might be the major target. A younger audience interested in the history of heavy metal should also feel addressed by Striker. Stand In The Fire is a rock solid metal album by a band that still stays true to its roots. Times might change, but Striker will always be a constant that can be counted with.

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