Iron Savior
Battering Ram


3.5
great

Review

by Venpts16 USER (27 Reviews)
May 10th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a great Power Metal album, but do not expect anything remarkable or genre-defining.

Power Metal is a genre that is filled with many bands that have their own unique takes on it. Though all focus on guitars and vocals to create their own sound, many of these bands implement different elements to make their sound unique. Some experiment with symphonic or progressive elements like the Blind Guardians or Helloweens of the industry, or make their own sound heavier, like Iced Earth. Iron Savior, one of the many German Power Metal bands in the music industry, takes on a simpler and slightly heavier approach to Power Metal.

The opening track, titled “Battering Ram,” promptly hits the listener’s ears like one. With a hard-hitting intro of a heavy riff combined with well-done drumming, the introduction works incredibly well for the entire album. The song stays at a moderately quick tempo and, with Piet Sielck’s lower vocals, creates a darker atmosphere than many of their Power Metal contemporaries. Because of this, this song is a perfect representation of what will come on the album; featuring a subtly darker atmosphere in the realm of Power Metal. The album also experiments with a few different ideas, including the fast-paced “Stand Against the King” or “Riding Free,” and the very powerful chorus and melodies of “Tyranny of Steel” or “Starchaser.” All five of these songs are enjoyable, though somewhat simple, listens of the Power Metal genre; with a heavier atmosphere that emphasizes the strong songwriting.

Piet Sielck’s singing may be the biggest element that sets this album apart from the many other German Power Metal bands, as his lower voice makes the atmospheres a bit darker from those bands. “Battering Ram” and “Wings of Deliverance” are just two examples of darker than usual Power Metal, and his lower tone only emphasizes the more mechanical-sounding atmospheres. Though Mr. Sielck may not have the voice to hit notes like Ralf Scheepers or Kai Hansen, he still is able to sing strong choruses throughout the 48 minutes of the album. Sielck has a befitting performance on the guitar, in addition to his vocal duties; creating effective riffs from the album’s dawn to its dusk. With fellow guitarist Joachim Kustner, their playing helps carry each song, sometimes creating exceptional stand-out moments like the harmonized section in “Tyranny of Steel.”

The other band members, unlike Sielck and Kustner, are fairly unremarkable in juxtaposition. The drumming is fairly standard for Power Metal, though Thomas Nack doesn’t really stand out on much of the material. He merely compliments the band by keeping time and creating a decent backing beat to the stronger instrumentals playing over it. As for Yenz Leonhardt, the band’s bassist, it is often difficult to hear him over the rest of the band. With the loud and heavy playing by Sielck, Kustner, and Nack, it is very difficult to hear Leonhardt’s playing; which is a bit unfortunate. This does not mean that he is a bad bassist though, as “Riding Free” contains a high-speed performance that fits the quick tempo of the song. Overall, much like Mr. Nack on drums, he sadly does too little to make a strong impression in this album.

Outside of the unremarkable instrumentals, there are a few other flaws over the course of the album. Though the band’s style is certainly unique among other German Power Metal bands, the songwriting is not exactly the most unique. As the album nears its conclusion, the songs may seem like they run into one another, and may get a bit too repetitive near the end. “H. M. Powered Man” sounds extremely similar to songs like “Battering Ram” or “Starchaser,” and could have been changed around to make it a more remarkable listen. Some songs are also fairly unremarkable, as “Break the Curse” may be the album’s single bad track; with a slower tempo and slightly less inspired songwriting and playing from Iron Savior.

Battering Ram may not be the most unique or outstanding Power Metal album, but it is a good listen and a recommended purchase. The instrumentals and song-writing both suit and emphasize the band’s darker sound, and make it an overall enjoyable listen. Though the quality may dip down at a few points due to a bit of repetition, the album has only one outright bad song and is thankfully surrounded by greatly written material. If you want a great Power Metal album, then this is for you.



Recent reviews by this author
Rage Secrets In A Weird WorldStratovarius Elements, Pt. 1
Primal Fear Primal FearPrimal Fear Devil's Ground
Primal Fear Nuclear FireHelloween High Live
user ratings (32)
3.6
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
FictionalFlames
May 11th 2012


1528 Comments


wasn't Kai Hansen in this band?

good review.

Venpts16
May 11th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, and yes. Kai was with them on some of their earlier stuff; he left after their third album (Dark Assault). He did sing on some of their earlier stuff too, and "Watcher in the Sky" was even on Iron Savior's debut.

FictionalFlames
May 11th 2012


1528 Comments


interesting. I might check them out.

Venpts16
May 11th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They have some pretty good material, like this and (from what I remember) The Landing. I suggest you should give them a try, but they aren't the most unique or creative Power Metal band out there.

FictionalFlames
May 11th 2012


1528 Comments


lol if any band was unique or creative they would be more popular then their current popularity. But sure I'll check it out later.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2012


10769 Comments


Good call for the review, pos, review more power metal if you please.



One correction:

The opening track, titled “Battering Ram,” promptly hits the listener’s ears like one

This sentence seems to be unfinished.

Venpts16
May 11th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you for pointing out that grammatical mistake; I'll see if I can edit this in the near future.



Thanks for the pos, and I'll certainly plan on reviewing more Power Metal. Iron Savior and Primal Fear in particular are two bands that I think I'll focus on over my next few reviews.

ZedO
May 11th 2012


1096 Comments


Another awesome power-metal stuff review from Venpts, pos hard, dude!!

Dreamflight
May 11th 2012


2216 Comments


Good call for the review, pos, review more power metal if you please. [2]

Venpts16
May 11th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you both for your comments and pos...es!

mindleviticus
May 11th 2012


10521 Comments


Iron Savior are really really good power metal. The album that got me to like them was their EP/live album Interlude.

marbledking
February 15th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think the ratings that ppl give in this site are a bit "overfriendly" towards the bands. If this is 3.5, then how should we rate painkiller and keeper of the seven keys? Just another mediocre album by Piet Sielck. He just does what he likes, nothing spectacular.

Pikazilla
October 23rd 2023


30042 Comments


wow these guys really like judas priest



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2023 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy