Piet's gang is back... "Dark Assault" is the third complete album of the IRON SAVIOR and is fully in the tradition of German Metal: fast, melodic, bombastic, choirs, good...
And they are on the best way of getting a Metal-orchestra, with Joachim "Piesel" Küstner (LACRIMOSA) is the sixth member and the third guitarist (seems to get a fashion in Metal)...
Musically they are continuing on their path that they have started out on in 1997 with their eponymous debut-album: Power Metal, which breathes the past of mastermind Piet Sielck in the very early HELLOWEEN and the also-meddling-with-it of Kai Hansen (where do I know that name from again?), and this is meant very positive!
Neckbreakers like "Never Say Die", "Seek And Destroy" or "Firing The Guns" and mid-paced crackers like "Solar Wings" (on the vocals there is this Hansen again...) and "Back Into The Light" are standing side by side with classical stompers like "Dragons Rising" and the broad-bend-epic "Made Of Metal" with a grandiose chorus.
Surely many will ask again, why such an album again and what new does it bring? Well, to answer the second part: NOTHING! And honestly, who would have expected anything really new? Exactly, nobody. IRON SAVIOR still are a stalwart of top-class German Power Metal with Piet Sielck's characteristic vocals and very round arrangements.
Oh, here and there you might encounter a bonus-track named "Delivering The Goods". But as I couldn't get into the original already (Yes, I am a Metal-fan, but this song just doesn't sit with me... - Alex), I will abstain from my vote.
Ah yes, and who, while looking at the song-titles, might think that there are only dumb repetitions of old clichés, errs, because those admittedly not very original song-titles convey the sequel of the Iron-Savior-science-fiction-story, which might very well be the successor to Star Trek soon ;)
So to come to an end, take "Never Say Die", "Made Of Metal" or "Back Into The Light" and just admit that this is a very good album. It's as easy as that...