Long-running German power metal band Iron Savior is back after a four-year absence with The Landing, their seventh full-length album. I actually picked this album up at the same time I bought Primal Fear's latest album Unbreakable, and while I was much more anxious to hear that one, The Landing ended up impressing me the most of the two.
With each new album, Iron Savior takes another step out of the Helloween/Gamma Ray shadow, and that's true with The Landing. Yeah, it has a recognizable German power metal pedigree, but Iron Savior has their own unique sound now, which wasn't always the case. It's a little more aggressive, melodic without being sing-song, and has a more traditional Iron Maiden/Judas Priest vibe than I'm used to hearing from this band. It's a mix that works very well. Lyrically, there's still a good dose of sci-fi influence on The Landing, but it's balanced by simpler, more straightforward songs like "R.U. Ready" and "Heavy Metal Never Dies" that satisfy in an old school way. Songs like "The Savior," "Before the Pain" and "Moment in Time" are other highlights.
Chalk up another first-rate power metal album from Iron Savior. Long-time fans will not be disappointed in this one, and with any luck The Landing will bring some new fans on board. It's definitely one of the best power metal albums released last year, and that's saying something!