(Review by Patrick De Sloover)

Seems like there is something roaring in the UK underground, as I recently got in touch with so many great new bands, that have the potential to become big. To name just a few: King Lizard, Absolva, Babylon Fire, Triaxis, Forefather, Architects and why not: The Tygers Of Pan Tang that released a great album as well!  Remember the good old days with Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and so many more. The new revival of UK hard rock bands isn’t comparable with the aforementioned rock monsters yet, but you never know what the future will bring.

Big was my surprise when I received Stuka Squardron  their second album ‘New Sound Of War’. Getting spoiled recently with talented bands from the UK brings me back with my two feet on the ground.  This is totally different, and can’t reach the average score of most newcomers. Stuka Squadron is playing Heavy Metal with a furious touch (listen to the opener ‘Jericho’ and you will think that a horde of hellhounds is shooing vocalist Duke Fang Begley).  Mentioning one of the members’ name, caused a smile on my face. What is your idea about the name of the drummer Baron Von Hammerstein?  Or what to think about bass player Bomber Bean? Both guitarists are called Gravedigger Cox and Doktor Suicide, so how serious does this band take their image and future?

Anyhow, the music is the most important thing, but we don’t get much more than a simple chorus line in a substandard arrangement. The songs are musically enjoyable occasionally, but the vocals of Duke bring a bad taste into my mouth.  I really don’t know what’s the meaning of all this. The only employee who did a great job was Larry Paterson who created the artwork of this miscarriage. All the rest is fake and a waste of time, and that’s a bloody shame as I was so pleased with the newcomers from the UK. This is the stain on the future of British rock… One last detail, Stuka Squadron is now known as Iron Knights.

My rating: 55 / 100