This is Lucifer’s Hammer, from Chile, not the US version of the band… and they’ve reminded me that I need to play a lot more South American Metal.
The EP is heavily influenced by the mid-80s NWOBHM scene… not the originators such as Maiden and Saxon, more of the 2nd wave bands, a lot of who are making a comeback this decade.
This is super-slick, without sounding too smooth… the vocals are very 80s sounding (clean with a restrained feel and no high pitched screaming), whilst the music gallops along, with the lead guitars adding all the fancy flourishes that leave this sounding very majestic indeed.
Although I might contradict myself and say the solos sound very much like Iron Maiden in places, especially on Thousand Nights (O.O.T.S.) which has a similar tone to the Powerslave album.
Victory is Mine is out on cd and tape on December 15th, and on vinyl in January. If you’re of a certain age, (45+) then this is an essential purchase, especially if you were a fan of the NWOBHM and 80s Metal in general.
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