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Screamer: Highway Of Heroes
Screamer - Highway Of Heroes Music Review

Screamer: Highway Of Heroes

Traditional Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Once more I revisit the past to introduce the present. The last I heard from Sweden's Screamer was their second album 2013's Phoenix, a solid album of traditional heavy metal. But while I haven't heard from them in six years the band has been busy. In 2015, the band brought in Andreas Wikstrom as their new vocalist. In the next year, Fredrik Carlstrom joined as bass player. Subsequently, Screamer released LP number three, 2017's Hell Machine. With a stable line up, the band returns with Highway Of Heroes, now signed to Sweden's The Sign Records. And now we're all caught up.

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But for some additional recollection, Screamer regals us with their interpretation of classic heavy metal. Their tunes are a strong mixture of NWoBHM traditional metal, swift speed, and heavy rock groove. These things are powered by a hefty twin guitar attack for riffs and leads, a rumbling and ready rhythm section, and Wikstrom's assertive, yet melodic and clean, vocals.

As for Highway Of Heroes, after a mild guitar intro, the album is essentially a rush of riffs, speed, and groove from the start, with all things leading to epic guitar solos. Honestly, there's little variation to the Screamer metal formula. Songs like Ride On, Rider Of Death, or Highway Of Heroes burn with heavy metal heaviness and soar with guitar leads. Screamer hits the nitro switch on their heavy metal dragster with blistering fast Halo and Out Of The Dark. Alternatively, the title track, Highway Of Heroes, bumps up the hard rock groove and accessibility with catchy riffs, strong bass line, and the vocal harmony of the memorable chorus. Simply, Highway Of Heroes finds Screamer offering fellow metalheads another fine album of speedy traditional heavy metal bristling with thrilling guitar work. Recommended.


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Simply, Highway Of Heroes finds Screamer offering fellow metalheads another fine album of speedy traditional heavy metal bristling with thrilling guitar work. Recommended.

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