Deathrow
Raging Steel


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (105 Reviews)
April 6th, 2013 | 66 replies | 1,783 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Witches and warlocks and dragon’s blood...

If you enjoy thrash metal and haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Germany’s Deathrow, you’re doing yourself quite the disservice. During their time as a band they released four solid albums, including the highly acclaimed and technically innovative Deception Ignored in 1988. However, it was just one short year earlier they released one of their most overlooked and downright enjoyable albums, Raging Steel. It may not be as technically groundbreaking as Deception Ignored, but the album’s mythical themes and lightning speed riffs make it a release worth seeking out.

Fueled by an aggressive and distinct vocal performance, Raging Steel is sure to please any fan of Teutonic thrash. My only complaint with the vocalist is he doesn’t have a whole lot of range on this album, but his voice fits the genre perfectly and every once in a while he lets out a terrifying screech. However, it’s the album’s fantasy themed lyrics that make it a rewarding listening experience . How can anybody not enjoy a song packed with solos and lyrics about warlocks and dragons? I’m of course referring to ‘Dragon’s Blood’. It’s an entire song dedicated to mythical creatures and the memorable lyrics make it one of the standouts on Raging Steel. As captivating as the song is however, it’s the unexpected and slightly eerie clean vocals that create the perfect atmosphere to bring the song’s dragons to life.

Thankfully, ‘Dragon’s Blood' isn’t the only gem to be found here as the title track is easily the most relentless offering on the album. After an atompsheric instrumental opening the riffs come storming out of the gates on 'Raging Steel.' Once we hear an angry shriek the song kicks into full force with perhaps the most furious drumming on the album. Although not quite as technical as Deception Ignored, the level of skill in the guitar playing and drumming is rather impressive. Other songs such as the fast-paced ‘Mortal Dread’ and ‘Beyond The Light’ contain some flashy guitar work, but unfortunately some of the songs sound a bit too similar.

At the end of the day, Raging Steel isn’t a technical masterpiece or even a groundbreaking thrash album by any means, but it’s a damn good time. The musicianship is top-notch and the vocalist manages to stand out from the pack, if only slightly. The only real issue with the album is repetitiveness but it’s not enough to take away from the experience. Even if it’s just to check out the mythical ‘Dragon’s Blood’ or the epic ‘Raging Steel’, this album is definitely worth your time. It stands tall and proud as one of the most memorable and impressive releases in Deathrow’s career.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2013



18620 Comments


great album. as always open to any feedback on how i can better my writing.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2013



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well written review, pos.

This album is a definitive improvement with respect to the debut.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2013



4339 Comments


I have to be honest, I've never heard of these guys. They sound great though, going to look them up now.

ViperAces
April 6th 2013



12358 Comments


^^^
check out deception ignored
good review atari

manosg
April 6th 2013



4684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is some great stuff, good choice for review Atari. pos.

Also, judging from your taste, I strongly suggest you check my dig.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2013



4339 Comments


@Viper
Just found that album streaming on youtube. It sounds great so far. Thanks.

tempest--
April 6th 2013



10849 Comments


Pos'd, gotta check this out hardcore.

TheNotrap
April 6th 2013



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, have a pos.
Album's good.


Calc
April 6th 2013



10869 Comments


I have raging steel reading after this.

illmitch
April 6th 2013



5429 Comments


sounds elite

heil

evilford
April 6th 2013



19994 Comments


"Thankfully, ‘Dragon’s Breath’(...)"

thought you said the track was called "Dragon's Blood", unless I missed something?

anyway, nice review. pos'd. will listen to these guys when I get a chance.

Geadom
April 6th 2013



2688 Comments


Great review bro, pos.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2013



18620 Comments


Thanks everyone for the compliments/pos's

@ford, ah yes silly me ...fixed

@calc, LOL



CaptainHadouken
April 6th 2013



1960 Comments


YESSSSS :D autopos'd

CaptainDooRight
April 6th 2013



26438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha Pos'd bro. U were just talking about this the other day. It was just eating you up inside. I don't blame ya, album is swee. Good goin

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2013



18620 Comments


Thanks captain 1 and captain 2 lol

CaptainDooRight
April 6th 2013



26438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh don't mind him, he's in training ;]

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2013



18620 Comments


Well yea you're captain number 1 cause u came first ;)

CaptainDooRight
April 6th 2013



26438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well actually I think I've seen several older inactive users who had captain in their names - humble response

YOU'RE DAM RIGHT IM THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE CAPTAIN SON, AND DON'T GET IT TWISTED NIGGA - prideful vegeta-like response

Geadom
April 6th 2013



2688 Comments


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