ALLOY CZAR - AWAKEN THE METAL KING (Arkeyn Seel Records)3
(Review by Stefan)
For the beginning of Denver Colorado based act Alloy Czar, I have to go back to the very late seventies. Charlie McCormick (guitar), John Beaird (drums, vocals) and Scott Wilson (bass) found each other as they were high school friends back then. They all has a common passion – to set a up Metal band. Also, finding an appropriate singer happened on casual basis.. they came in touch while visiting a grocery store, spoke to each other, one led to another,… you know how it goes. Bob Parduba became the first original lead singer for Alloy Czar and shortly after, he wrote his first song ‘On The Run’ for the band. It was a good song, it gave the band a boost so more songs were well underway to release as demo cassette, recorded at the Avalanche Recording studios. Moments later, a new member was added to the ranks, Billy Mitchell took control over the keyboard, guitar and vocal duties. Along with this brand new line-up, Alloy Czar's local popularity grew as they were playing loads of live performance which consisted of delivering both cover and original songs for the present maniacs.
Alloy Czar participated on a local Metal battle between young bands on the hunt for some kind of notority or fame. Alloy Czar came on with the song 'Taking The Lead' which was hindsight, a real good choice. Sponsored by a local radio station KPKE, the track was added to a compilation. This great composition could be heard via airplay and the listeners were much satisfied afterwards... even a lot of concert promoters were wary and booked the band. One of Alloy Czar's highlights came on that special day they were asked to play as headlining band at the Boulder Theatre, Colorado in conjunction with the KPKE Colorado Rock effort. Unfortunately, the band could not retain these glory days. The many line up changes led to the extinction of Alloy Czar, singer Bob joined the Jag Panzer ranks to record the Chain Of Command album, Billy Mitchell's activities after the AC adventure are unknown, the remaining members kept on playing music!
So we lost a great 80s US Metal band those days but the resurrection is here with the re-release of the band's two demo recordings as original recorded back in ‘81/’82. Professionally re-mastered/packed and available trough the masters of pure US Classic Metal delivery, Arkeyn Steel Records! Along with the lyrics and never seen before pictures, “Awaken The Metal King” is a big one for those collectors of the real early 80s US Metal stuff.
If You're not familiar to Alloy Czar but still hooked on 80s steel, my advise is to order this album blindfoled... trust me! This effort reflects the sound of Metal as it was back in the very early 80s, pure as can be... nothing to do with the nowadays scene basically! To be more specifically, AC brings a blend of both old school Hard Rock and Metal, aking to the quality service of other greats like early Uriah Heep, Journey, Styx, Heir Apparent, Mass, Wildfire, Jag Panzer (“Chain Of Command” era), among other. Good old Hard Rock played with a typical 80 US Metal vibe and a nod to NWOBHM, well the result is breathtaking! Listening to “Awaken The Metal King” reminds me to the good old Rock, Metal and NWOBHM days as sort of a youth sentiment. The melodic lines know how to grab me by the throat on a regular basis, unique vocals pinching my soul... in short, the whole damn stuff of Alloy Czar know how to please me. Metal from the past is my everlasting love, when it's manufactured in the US, my heart goes boom!
Kostas Scandalis used the original mastertape to pump new life into these great songs and it has been delivers an exceptionally good result. I bow down for this way obscure releases by the grace of US Metal, still the one and only gem to me! Another awesome reborn classic to be purchased at: www.arkeynsteel.com
My Points: 88 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard