Steel Assassin
War of the Eight Saints
Style: US-Traditional / True Metal
Release date: September 12th 2007

Oh my, oh my. Older readers might remember the Metal Massacre compilation albums. Metallica, Overkill, Slayer and Flotsam and Jetsam are just a few bands that had a song on those albums; Steel Assassin was represented on Metal Massacre 6 (1984). The future of the band looked very bright, because there are not that many bands who can say they joined the stage with Metallica, Raven and Y&T. But, in 1985 they split up. They couldn't find a label.

22 years later they are back to conquer the world! There is one thing different from back in the 80's. They have got a new singer called John Falzone. Some of the real die-hards might remember him singing for a band called Triphammer. Anyway, this man has golden lungs, he makes the difference! The man can sing! He has got a classical voice like for example Bruce Dickinson and Dio have. Although he has a style of his own.

The album has got everything a good album must have; fast songs like "Hawkwood", "Curse of the Black Prince" and "Barabbas", a long epic song: "War of the Eight Saints" and innovative songs like "Bloodlust Quest". Good guitar harmonies, galloping tempo's and static riffs throughout the album makes this one of the top albums in its genre. The music is a mixture of bands like Iron Maiden, Armored Saint, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Manowar, Judas Priest, Accept and Saxon. Put them in a blender and you get close to the music Steel Assassin plays.

Not convinced yet? Hear them at Myspace or go to their Home-page. But don't call me, because I'm to busy listening to Steel Assassin and drinking some beer with my friends. Metal lives forever!

01. Hawkwood
02. Curse of the Black Prince
03. Hill of Crosses
04. Sword in the Stone
05. Merchants of Force
06. Bloodlust Quest
07. Tartarus
08. Metal Fire
09. Victory
10. Barabbas
11. War of the Eight Saints
Label: Sentinel Steel Records
Distribution: Sentinel Steel Records
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: December 21st 2007