RUTHLESS STEEL - DIE IN THE NIGHT (Independent)
(Review by Stefan)
The time has come to take a new Greek Heavy Metal band under the microscope, I’d like to present you all to Ruthless Steel. Living somewhere in the capital of Greece called Athene, female fronted Ruthless Steel consists of 4 players who found each other last year May 2012. They were so fiercely driven by the forces of steel, only after a few months they got the chance to share the stage as support for bands like Slough Feg and other, more national acts like Demolition Train and Wrathblade. Due to Ruthless Steel were well received by the audience, their commitment increased even more and decided to take the next step, to record a first official EP entitled “Die In The Night”. By the way, on November 2nd. 2013 they will play at the seventh edition of Mario’s Metal Meeting alongside the following bands: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Jaguar, Black Knight, Red Dragon and Seventh Seal. Place to be: Little Devil, Tilburg – Holland!
Released through Iron On Iron Records, this four piece EP takes you to the glorious days of 80s, right-in-your-face Heavy Metal music. The Greek Metal movement might be not as extensive as in Germany or the US, still I dare to say with conviction that each time this land delivers a product, pure Metal is breathing down your neck. Same story with Ruthless Steel which was founded about 18 months ago and already present its first output “Die In The Night”.
Everything on this EP refers to the 80s Heavy Metal scene, the vocals of leading front lady Aliki P. know to touch me fairly well. Both standard and high pitched vocals are good but not always fixed to me. Nothing but a technical remark which can be useful for the near future. Altogether, Ruthless Steel has a real good singer on board mostly causing audible delights but still, striking fact to me is that the lower toned vocals are not always pure as it should be. Bassist Nikos G., drummer Simos K. and guitarist Kostas P. are well suited to each other… based on that, the musical part of the band points to a good mutual cooperation.
The four songs on “Die In The Night” have all the elements on board as expected from a Traditional Heavy Metal band. Simple, authentic riffs and a well-stocked portion of melodious leads playing tricks on me. The cutting vocals (in the vein of old Warlock, Rock Goddess, Meanstreak, Phantom Blue) and well organized bass and drum works let me relive my own 80s Metal period like it was yesterday. There is only one song I can’t get a grip on and that’s the power ballad ‘Heart On Fire’, the intentions were probably good but this band needs to play their stuff in a pure Heavy Metal where there is no place for sentimental sections. Give me the titletrack, ‘Ruthless Steel’ or definitely ‘Power Of Hate’ and you’ll hear me not complain at all.
The minor flaws that I hear on certain moments means absolutely nothing, remember the fact Ruthless Steel was only formed in May 2012. Most important fact is that the band reflects his passion for old school Heavy Metal with much persuasion. Let’s wait until their first full length effort will arrive to give a more righteous judgment, hopefully I don’t have to wait too long at that moment. Fanciers of vintage HM music, stay true to your favourite style and watch for Ruthless Steel at: https://www.facebook.com/RuthlessSteelOfficial or http://ruthlesssteel.wix.com/ruthlesssteelweb
My Points: 83 / 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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish