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Iron Savior - Reforged: Riding On Fire

Published December 26 2017

=Staff's pick

CD 1:
Riding On Fire*
Battering Ram
Brave New World
Prisoner Of The Void
Titans Of Our Time
Eye To Eye
For The World*
Watcher In The Sky
Mind Over Matter

CD 2:
Iron Savior
Tales Of The Bold*
No Heroes
Break The Curse
Condition Red*
I've Been To Hell*
Atlantis Falling*

Genre Power Metal
Piet Sielck
Tracks 19
Piet Sielck
Running time 92 Min.
Joachim "Piesel" Küstner
Label AFM Records
Jan S. Eckert
Release December 8, 2017
Patrick Klose
Country Germany
Producer Piet Sielck
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Since the German power metallers Iron Savior don't have permission to re-release their albums from the beginning of their career between 1997 and 2004 in their original shape and form and because, according to my very own conclusion, main character Piet Sielck quite regularly doesn't seem fully satisfied with his production work on each record release after some years have passed, this sort of best of compilation with re-recorded versions functions as a golden opportunity to make some of their fans happy and also a chance for the guys to put a little different mark to the band's songs.

The sound on these new versions is of course more powerful than what it was on this early material in its original, but if a stronger, heavier and more intense production can make the songs come out even greater I'm not so sure about. The initial edition you hear of a song is more or less the way that song generally is supposed to be like and what you've known it as for quite often years and years and sometimes people even reject a slightly changed song before they've even heard one single tone off it. My instinct this time is luckily not so tremendously biased as it has been once or twice before regarding this type of albums and after listening to the tracks for a couple of times I note that they aren't particularly better or worse than they formerly were, but just a little bit unlike to what I'm used to hear from those early records.

If Mr. Sielck and his metal brothers have chosen the absolute best songs to re-record? Well, they're not so far from what I would have personally picked from this period in their discography and much to my liking they concentrate on and take the majority of the material from the inaugural self titled effort and the Condition Red album. I think the band's often very speedy power metal in the end goes down well in both original and new conformation, but still, this is something that's created for pretty much the deep-rooted fans only and if someone else decides to listen to the band for the first time I recommend checking out the originals to begin with, because if you hear the re-recorded ones first the old songs will probably sound a little bit weaker than they actually are.

See also review of: Titancraft , Live At The Final Frontier , Rise Of The Hero , The Landing , Megatropolis , Battering Ram , Dark Assault , Condition Red








7 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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