Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Striker: Armed to the Teeth (2012)

Lives Up to the Cover Art

Review by Metallattorney. He is the law.

I took one look at that cover art and knew that I absolutely had to check this one out. It is an animated skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur, can not tell which one, possibly a tyrannosaurus. But the skeleton is equipped with two machine guns on its arms and a mini gun on its back. It is seriously awesome.

So the album art definitely grabs attention, but the music really keeps it. An album is disappointing if the music does not live up to the artwork on the cover. Luckily Striker is not a disappointment. This is Canadian speed metal, very much in the vein of Exciter and other underground bands from the Great White North. The music is certainly energetic and fast-paced and it is almost impossible not to find your self keeping time with it.

I will say that my first listen to Striker did not lead to me being terribly impressive. The vocals kind of turned me off on the first attempt at the album, but on repeated listens, this was less and less of a problem. The vocals are very similar to those in other power/speed metal bands like Hibria and Lost Horizon. So if you enjoy those bands, you will likely not have any problems with Striker's vocalist.

The music really resembles the kind of album that would have come out in the early 1980's when metal was still finding its own voice away from the glam and arena rock sound. The result is music that definitely gets blood pumping while remaining heavy enough that it would not have been heard on the LA strip in the mid 1980's. There are a lot of bands playing this style of metal these days, so groups need to be really impressive to stand out from the litany of groups that sound the same. Luckily for Striker, their keen sense of songwriting and penchant for writing fist-pumping anthems like "It Could be Worse" and "Feed the Fire" is just what they need to stand out.

I give this album 4.5 out of 5 stars.


  1. I normally don't feel compelled to express my own opinion on another reviewer's work for this site, but . . . personally I really don't like this. That IS some really cool cover art, though, and I tried to figure out what kind of dinosaur it is. I'm pretty sure it's not any recognized species. The face is definitely theropod, maybe a baryonyx, but the tail is more like some kind of stegosaur (maybe kentrosaurus).

  2. You had me at "This is Canadian speed metal".

  3. The skull is not nearly long enough to be baryonyx in my opinion. Initially I was thinking deinonychus, but the claws on the feet are not right.