Commander Sielck reports back! Many people again will ask, who needs stuff like IRON SAVIOR, when we already have HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY? I'd say: Metalheads! Because you never can get too much of really good Metal!
So also with "Condition Red", the by now fourth complete album of the Germans. The quintet has stayed true to itself, but at the same time does not copy itself, but still just produces damn good Power Metal. The old IRON SAVIOR-recipe is still valid as well as effective: crunchy guitars, a balanced mix of up-tempo-crackers and mid-tempo-grenades, big melodies and choirs and Piet Sielck's original voice.
What makes them stand apart from the rest? Simple, they are more German/British than anybody else. Piet Sielck never had hidden his faible for old PRIEST and co, and he just packs it into German Power Metal of the old school, resulting in a gripping, powerful album, which had not really captured me at first listen, but all the more afterwards.
Killer-tracks like "Protector" (with great start), "Condition Red" and the two awesome "Walls Of Fire" and "Thunderbird" (these melodies, these choirs...) furthermore benefit from a powerful, clear steamhammer-production and finally also an IRON SAVIOR-album has a simple, but good cover!
Oh yes, bonus-tracks of the limited edition. "I Will Be There" is nothing special, not bad, but can't compete with the rest, but "Crazy" is a great cover-version of the Seal-hit, goody!
Commander Sielck and crew, mission accomplished, both thumbs up!