Review Summary: Just a bunch of long haired metalheads headbutting each other for a good time.
Busting out of Toronto, Canada is a band by the name of Skull Fist. What seems to most as mix of Dio, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest is really just a very well performed display of modern day metal. With a rip roaring double axe attack and a very Dio-esque vocalist, Skull Fist is ready to play heavy metal and party until the sun goes down. Their debut EP entitled “Heavier Than Metal” showcases their talent to write and produce some of the best 80’s styled metal that anyone has heard in the modern era.
The first thing that stuck out on this album was the value of production on this self released media. The instrumental work is spot on and the vocalist never misses a beat. It would be hard not to mention that the vocalist is a hybrid mix of Ronnie James Dio, King Diamond and Bruce Dickinson. “Sign of the Warrior” displays the high pitched singing technique that the previously mentioned vocalists were most known for. The guitar work is fast and shreds along with the great drumming work. The title track’s opening seconds sound as if they were from King Diamond’s Abigail. While the songs mostly contain the same elements and song structure, the music itself along with the vocals are album to keep it fresh and interesting all the time.
“Ride The Beast” is very reminiscent of 80’s glam metal. It contains quick fret work, head bobbing drum work and some very high energy group vocals on the chorus. Skull Fist’s music is some of the most catchy modern day heavy metal out there. While they may not produce anthems like “Holy Diver”, “Run To The Hills” and “You Got Another Thing Comin” it is sure nice to see some of the older style of this metal still being produced. The evidence behind Skull Fist’s influence is pretty evident so don’t delve too deep into trying to find the meaning of the music, just sit back and enjoy the riff filled, high pitched ride.