ANSWER WITH METAL - ANSWER WITH METAL (Spread The Metal Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Stouffville, Ontario Canada based Answer With Metal began its quest back in 2008. Released a couple of demo’s during the first years of existence, in 2011 AWM signed a deal with Spread The Metal Records, a promising Canadian label where underground Metal bands get a fair chance to be heard. Watching the label’s roster, I see a lot of unknown bands but that’s not a problem to me. We at Metal To Infinity webzine are aware of the fact that the Canadian Metal scene has a lot to offer so let’s find out what bands like Edge Of Attack, Sanktuary and Answer With Metal have to bring on in the world of Metal.
Answer With Metal’s self-titled debut album opens very strong with ‘Killing God’. A dark sounding passage in the beginning that feels like an intro but at the time one of the guitars starts to rumble, the feast of Metal begins for real. Also drums come on strong, bass lines open up, second guitar player enters and from the moment the vocals appeared I already knew to have a deal with a pure Classic Heavy Metal act. Clear vocals beautiful offered in a way, we US Metal maniacs adore. The tempo of this song has a mid-tempo character, guitar driven with outstanding melodic leads pretty fast played… first admirable work, what’s next?
Entitled ‘Writing In Stone’ opens with a flat drumpart followed by excellent riffage and again it’s the vocalist that knows how to please me totally. Strong composition that just does not reach the level of its predecessor. ‘Generations’ comes with more speed velocities and proves Answer With Metal’s craftsmanship in delivering Traditional Metal, era: late 80s / early 90s. Along with a fantastic break halfway the song, AWM still knew how to draw my attention to itself. ‘A Chance To Live Again’ feels melancholic but touch me real deep due to the nice melodic twin guitar leads.
My favourite piece is without a doubt ‘The Anchor’, very easy in the beginning but as soon as an overwhelming guitar riff starts, my heart goes boom! Good flowing, quite speedy tempi built up from the foundations made of pure traditional steel. Multiple tempo changes and superb guitar solo’s to make the entire song so joyful, Attacker meets Iced Earth. Talking about Attacker, now that I heard a few songs of Answer With Metal I’d like to compare their frontman with almighty Bobby Lucas, you know that big guy also featured in Seven Witches, Overlorde, Exhibition, Morbid Sin… one of my alltime favourite frontmen for sure!
Another highlight of AWS’s debut album is next song ‘Two Wrongs (Don’t Make A Right), name of the game can be described as pure Power Metal used to know from the good old 90s era. The start of last song ‘Lest He Forgets’, reminds me of the very beginning of Metal Church’s ‘Beyond The Black’ but follows a totally different way after a few moments. This time Answer With Metal sounds like Barren Cross, Sacred Warrior or Recon in the beginning but some awesome guitar riffings provide my ears in a pleasant way with an absolute turnaround. Loads of technical tempo varieties and technical skills to enjoy, which is actually the strongest character from these Canadians. A mighty track that, vocally wise, brings a cross between Bobby Lucas and Michael Kiske, sure it is!
Who should buy the product anyway? Well in the first place each and every individual into Traditional US Heavy/Power Metal. Make also notice of the fact this album has a -back to the good old days of Metal- feel on board! Longing for guitar leads in the vein of early Iron Maiden and strong riffs sometimes akin to the sound of early Iced Earth, or maybe if the new Attacker “Giants Of Canaan” recently stole your heart… you are only a few clicks removed to make Answer With Metal’s self titled debut album your own property. Order via: http://www.spreadthemetal.com/ or check out the band themselves at: www.facebook.com/answerwithmetal Answer With Metal would perfectly fit on stage at superior German festivals like Keep It True, Swordbrothers or Headbangers Open Air, where Metal still lives in full glory !
My Points: 91 / 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