BLACK HAWK - A MIGHTY METAL AXE (Pure Underground Records/H'Art)
Black Hawk is a product from out of Germany, the Mecca of Metal, no? Some good artwork to make this one more eye catching and ‘tradition’ might be the key word for this band.
A slow and atmospheric intro under the name “Arsise” starts the CD, as usual it get my focus at once. What follows is Heavy Metal in its purest form, good produced and able to make your head bang. What is also clear is the fact that Black Hawk contains some good musicians. The opening track reminds me immediately of good old Saxon and I suppose a band can’t be more traditional than these old lads, no? Black Hawk delivers the goods as they should be, not innovating but qualitative all over. I really adore those slow passages in this first song…
With a direct link to Paragon it’s not that bizarre Black Hawk is playing this kind of Metal. But they are Germans so the Teutonic brand is always there. It’s a kind of Metal that touches any fan of the genre I suppose, because it’s True. “Fashion Victim” is maybe an exception in what I am telling about the CD, great song with a different sound among a wide bunch of good Heavy Metal music. This specific song proves anyway the skills and experiences of the band members.
Black Hawk delivers a good album that overgrows in my opinion the Teutonic Metal style. Black Hawk goes back to old days, strongly influenced by the NWOBHM and old German days, but plays it with attention for details. Good riffing, awesome drums and a very good singer, what do you want more? This reunited band, that had their first life with one EP from 1981 until 1997, stands strong with their fifth album in a row. Check http://www.black-hawk-music.de
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