Iron Clad Soldiers
Style: Heavy / Speed Metal
Release date: August 28th 2009

This is the first time I hear any music by this band. The band hails from Oslo, Norway and it is very clear where they get their inspirations and influences from. They play very riff-orientated metal, early 80's style. Especially bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica are big influences.

"Battle of Repulsion" immediately shows that and next track "Iron Clad Soldier" has a real Iron Maiden-like beginning. "Brigade" sounds like a track from the 'Black' album and also reminds me of Holocaust. "The Horn" and especially "Scatched and Torn" is 'Kill'em All' all the way - the originality in these tracks is very far away. I would recommend you to listen to the 7th track, and I am sure that there is only one name that enters your mind. Hjallarhorn mixes NWOBHM with early Bay Area. Is it a problem that they copy their big heroes? The answer is no, at least not if you don't need originality but just nice old-school metal.

I don't think the band will conquer the world, but if you think 'Kill 'em All' still is the best Metallica has ever recorded, or Artillery and Holocaust are some of your favourites, you will not be disappointed with this record.

I'd say: 'Bang that Head that doesn't Bang'.

01. Battle of Repulsion
02. Iron Clad Soldier
03. Brigade

Blood and Black Lace

05. The Changeling
06. The Horn
07. Scatched and Torn
08. Eye of the Storm
09. The Machinist 
Label: Pure Steel Records
Distribution: Twilight
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: July 28th 2009
Website: www.myspace.com/hjallarhorn