LIQUID STEEL – Fire In The Sky
The greatest thing about heavy metal is how so many bands across the world can stick to a specific ‘formula’ and still make music that interests you and brings you back for repeated listens. Austrian metallers Liquid Steel are my latest discovery in this vein – a traditional metal band that echoes the riffs of Iron Maiden and Saxon, complete with twin guitar leads and driving basslines over soaring vocals. Beginning as a cover band, the band has followed a tried and trusted musical style considerably well; paying tribute and staying true to their roots while adding their own sounds and exploring a variety of themes, from the English Dark Ages (King of Avalon) to the Land of the Rising Sun (Samurai).
Their debut album ‘Fire In The Sky’ is a perfect showcase of the band’s sound and story-telling prowess. After the instrumental intro A21375, the band launches into the title track of the album – a narration of an alien abduction. The music is a heady mix of melody and gallops with guitarists Julle and Ferdl switching roles with ease. Combined with the surprisingly wide range of vocalist Fabio’s voice, the end result is a refreshing dose of heavy metal. ‘Speed Demon’ is a throwback to Judas Priest’s Painkiller and ‘The King of Avalon’ is an epic overdose of anthemic vocals and flutes.
If the above paragraphs weren’t clear enough, the music is severely influenced by NWOBHM bands – which can be a positive or negative depending on your inclination to the aforementioned bands. The album is a good representation of an up-and-coming Austrian heavy metal band and I will be waiting for the band’s next release.