Reinvigorating the SteelReview by joanismylover, the third metal attorney.
And why not? When you are having fun, why stop. This is not, thankfully, serious stuff, nor is it played with technical precision. The singer is pretty awful (It’s probably hard to sing if you are hung over) and the music sounds out of tune (Who has time to tune a guitar when a riff or lead materializes?). After a forgettable opener, Free and Wild storms through the metal subject matter menagerie with not hints but direct messages of irony. If you aren’t doing Wayne’s World air guitar stylings in the middle of “Kingdom of Steel” and “Cannibal Death Cult”, maybe you are not alive. If, after several listens you are not singing “Live Freeeeeeeeeee, Live Freeeeeeeee, Live Free and Wild!” - “Wild! Wild” at your nightly pub sessions, maybe you do not enjoy heavy metal music.** Don’t get the references to an early 80s supernatural horror film in “Evil in The Keep”? Well, try Netflix streaming and bone up to enhance your listening pleasure. Surely you recognize the brief but undoubtedly deliberate Metallica reference at the beginning of “Storm Warning?”*** What, there’s no more creamy metal goodness after “Island of the Dead”? Who makes 8 song thirty minute albums anymore?
Born in the 70s, and culturally impressed in the 80s, this author did not really launch his music "career" until college in the 90s. Bands weren’t releasing records then. They were releasing CDs – many of which were overly long and with tons of filler and doing it only every two years or so. Even the best bands – Clutch – fell victim to the new format. With the advent of digital downloads, return to vinyl, and corresponding proliferation of smaller music publishers, there’s an opportunity for returning to the metal days of rapid fire steel record releases. Released a shit hot album? Great, do an Iron Dogs and do it again, right now. All hail Iron Dogs for reinvigorating a new kingdom of steel.
4 out of 5 stars.
† [In the auto-antonym sense, or not? --FMA]
* A totally unauthorized proclamation regarding the site, not the man, based on this author’s own opinions.
** If you do not have nightly pub sessions, you are, like me, married with children.
*** I did, and don’t call me Shirley.