Artist: Iron Slaught
Title: Crusading Metal Mercenaries
Label: Armée de la Mort Records
Review by JH
Iron Slaught is a trio hailing from France that specialize in the craft of traditional heavy/speed metal redolent of bands like Iron Maiden, Grim Reaper and Manilla Road. The debut effort from these Frenchmen, Crusading Metal Mercenaries, offers six tracks of iron-willed heavy metal that would sit right at home with anyone who worships the Gods of yore, as this is pure 80’s worship through and through.
Throughout this release, we can can hear the band explore various styles, ranging from thrash, speed, and even incorporating elements of proto black and death metal, however, the charge of heavy metal sensibilities is ever dominant. The band delivers a truly killer hybrid of various styles that’s as memorable as it is aggressive.
There are only six songs featured on this release, so maybe it should qualify as a mini-album rather than a full-length, nevertheless, this is a pretty solid first entry and considering the fact that the band hadn’t release a demo prior to this release, although as it turns out, most of the members already have some experience with other bands.
If you’re a fan of bands like Exciter, Venom, Iron Maiden, Manilla Road, Judas Priest, etc. ― then by all means, Iron Slaught is for you. They inject the feeling of pure nostalgia as heavy metal runs thick in their veins. The members are also a bit older than most bands opting for this style, which suggests the fact that these members are all veterans that know a thing or two about what they’re doing. Check them out!