Epic fanfare intro baptized “The Dawn” and the Thrash quartet from Düsseldorf (Germany) kicks off instantly with the title song of their second album “Raging Steel” as wildfire: flat out but not at the expense of melody and variety. Alone with this short and precise taster DEATHROW let their really good fore-runners “Riders Of Doom” and “Satan’s Gift” quickly be forgotten.
Another highlight of the album: “Dragon’s Blood” bursting with ludicrous ideas and with a hymn-like chorus, which fills the eyes of every Power Metal fan with tears of joy. And so the album races forth from one hammer song to another. The controlled skills and richness of ideas displayed by the band on this record offered at that time unequalled opportunities. And even today one wonders why a band with such a killer album could not break trough. Even the average banger who likes to rotate his nob incessantly would not be driven to overextension by “Raging Steel”.
On the other hand there is much to be discovered on this record, without being engaged in self-enamored tootling. It is Thrash with class. Fans of KREATOR’s “Terrible Certainty” and HOLY TERROR’s “Terror And Submission” will get their money’s worth. Officially this album cannot be found on a CD, that’s because it is a bootleg. However, the quality of the sound is really ok. (Online May 8, 2006)