RIOT - Immortal Souls
November 9, 2011, 7 years ago
Hopes are riding high for the reunited Thundersteel line-up and while it’s impossible to match the expectations/anticipation surrounding the follow-up to a two decade’s old classic, Immortal Souls is a blend of said album, along with their '70s hard rock sound. Tony Moore’s yelping highs are matched by Mark Reale’s fleet finger on the headbanging signature opener. The strongest material is definitely on the first half (old school A side vinyl). ‘Still Your Man’ sounds as if it could have come off TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s latest, just pure unadulterated heavy metal. The ride cymbal atop ominous, building sense of impending doom, to start ‘Crawling’ briefly recalls a similar opening, made famous by Slayer! No such musical similarities though, as it becomes a slow, meandering tune with a hint of Middle Eastern rhythms. ‘Wings Are For Angels’ returns to the lickety-split, double bass driven tempo of the lead track. ‘Sins Of The Father’ is a swipe at dirty priests, co-opting the line “I know, I know, the Bible tells me so” from a children’s Sunday school song. The title track, for some reason, reminded me of RAINBOW, during the Dio era. ‘Insanity’ is mid-tempo, yet has a guitar that recalls Lordian Guard (ex-WARLORD guitarist Bill Tsamis’ religious minded project with his wife). The guitar tone from the classic ‘Outlaw’ raises its head on the surprisingly simple/infectious ‘Whiskey Man’. The strained wails on the 'Echoes' finale come close to those of GRIM REAPER! As with all reunited outfits, if this disc gets them out in the clubs, playing those old classics, I’m all for it!