TUNGSTEN AXE - SWEDISH IRON  (Iron Shield Records)


                          (Review by Patrick De Sloover)

Hailing from Sweden and having some real metal references in their name, album title etc.., this album was inviting to be heard. Tungsten Axe quote that they are ready to please the metal maniacs with their debut album Swedish Iron.  Their message is clear, their quest is banging heads and fists in the air, but things turned out a little different. When a friend of the band offered his studio to start an analogue recording, things went totally wrong.  

If you want old school metal, and if you aim for the good old days, please be aware that you still have to deliver quality and songs that grab you by the balls or throat. Well, Tungsten Axe succeeded in releasing an album that sounds so bad, so substandard and thus terribly bad, that you might think that this is a joke. If so, itís totally misplaced, if it ainít a joke, they better put their guitars and gear into their boxes and search for another hobby. Dick Mattsson (vocals and guitars), Andreas Maatsson (drums), Robbin on bass and Johan on lead guitar did their utmost effort to sound horrendous from beginning till end.

Atrocious is the common word for this release, and I really wonder why Iron Shield Records showed interest in this band. I didnít hear such a bad sounding release in years, perhaps in decades, and if I look back on the demos that I traded in the 80ís, this band tops them all if we talk about wickedness.

My rating:  40 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic OnesÖ 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