SWITCHBLADE - HEAVY WEAPONS (Killer Metal Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Have I ever written a review for an Israeli Metal band? I seriously doubt it! Switchblade was founded back in 2005 but this was not without a struggle because they apparently did not find the right musicians. Also their musical direction constantly changed, yet they brought out a few independent efforts I never heard of actually. The good thing about this story is that they continued with determination, always hoping to find a proper line-up and related style of music. Ultimately, they choose for Traditional Heavy Metal and thanks to the support of Killer Metal Records, Switchblade’s official debut album called “Heavy Weapons” is a fact. Release date is scheduled for November 29, 2013.
From a Traditional Heavy Metal band you don’t expect any additional, innovative elements… still my own blood runs furiously through my veins with listen to it. If a band comes up with an old school type of Metal played with great distinction, I kneel down out of respect. This statement is balanced with Switchblade’s way of acting… not innovating, just straight up Heavy Metal from bygone years better known as the 80s Metal movement! They have long sought for their true nature and succeeded with high honors.
First of all, I’d like to say that “Heavy Weapons” has a good production - loud and clear, not too polished. During the 9 songs, I hear a strong connection with Iron Maiden reminiscent to the era Bruce Dickinson joined forces. Switchblade’s frontman Lior Stein is largely responsible for this way comparison but that’s it. Musical wise, the band has almost nothing to do with Iron Maiden. Switchblade play 80s Heavy Metal but still gives a somewhat unique character to their songs. The tempos are usually held tightly as can be heard on the opener, the title track including a nice melodic lead. ‘Metalista’ comes in an Accept’s ‘Balls To The Wall’ tradition, real hard and heavy as hell. The proof that Switchblade is musically much more than a regular Metal band will become clear with the instrumental composition ‘The Lost Kingdom’. Nice riffs and full melodic loads of solo’s let me fully enjoy. ‘Curse Of The Father, Sins Of The Son’ brings justice to the mighty Classic Metal movement featuring great vocals, chopping riffs, good oiled solo’s and varying rhythms sections.
The completion of this review, I will do it with much appreciation for this unknown band from Israel called Switchblade. They have fought for a very long period to achieve what they wanted but slaving throughout these years has finally rewarded them with a good Traditional Heavy Metal styled debut album entitled “Heavy Weapons”… a piece that can be ordered blindfold by each and every old school defender of steel through Killer Metal Records. Check out more Switchblade info via FB right HERE.
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