Black Hawk
Straight to Hell
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: November 5th 2010
Playing time: 47:46

I am not the youngest anymore and I have been listening to metal for about 26 years now, but the name Black Hawk didn't ring any bell. When they were founded in 1981 I was indeed not into metal yet, but when they released their first EP in 1989 I was into metal, very deep and I can't remember them. They quit and in 2003 they released their first full studio album called 'Twenty Five' and they even recorded two more, one in 2007 and another in 2008. I even missed those releases also.

But know I finally know them and their fourth album 'Straight to Hell' is worth listening to. These Germans don't invent something new, no is the quite opposite, they do not sound one bit original. For a German band they sound very British and their biggest influence must be Saxon and some Maiden. Most of the songs are easy to sing along to and the riffs sound rather heavy. The track "Shoot Shoot" is the perfect example for that; a song which is based on a simple but heavy riff and an easy refrain. The vocals are not the best in the genre, but they are good enough, they are clean melodic ones with a little rough edge every now and then.

Fans of 80's sing along NWOBHM will find enough on this album to enjoy.

01. In Hell

02. Isolation

03. Shoot Shoot

04. Straight to Hell

05. Seven Years of Pain

06. Crystal Shark Pt. 1

07. Crusader (Saxon cover)

08. Nothing to Lose

09. The Last Mile

10. Stranger (in this land)

11. Bad Pussy

12. Guardians of the Night

Label: Karthago Records
Distribution: Twilight
Promotion: Pure Steel Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: December 1st 2010