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Rising Steel: Fight Them All
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Rising Steel: Fight Them All

Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal
3.5/5.0

At the foot of the French Alps lies the city of Grenoble, sometimes known as "Capital Of The Alps." It's also the home of metal band Rising Steel. Formed some eight years ago the band dropped an EP, Warlord in 2015 and, in the next year, followed it with their debut album Return Of The Warlord. On the strength of these releases, Rising Steel found themselves sharing stages with a host of international bans such as Sister Sin, Nashville Pussy, Annihilator, and French power metal legends, Nightmare. Now the band returns with their second studio album, Fight Them All on Italy's Frontiers Music label.

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Rising Steel

Musically, Rising Steel draws inspiration from traditional heavy, power, and thrash metal. Their metal sound is heavy and fast with razor sharp riffage and a pummeling rhythm section. Essentially, and redundantly, most songs incorporate two things, a crushing wall of riffage and a galloping power pace. Examples include Fight Them All, Steel Hammer, Savage, or Mystic Voices.

Crushing is an apt description because the vocals barely rise above fury of the twin guitar tumult. But sometimes the vocals actually add some song harmony as within Fight Them All. Guitar solos fare better in this context, but sometimes can seem muted as well. Are there exceptions to the fast and furious, thrashy power metal? A few, perhaps.

Gloomy World attempts to trip the listener up with a softer start of lighter electric guitar and synths before rising heavy and steady with a strong bass line. There's even a soft vocal breakdown at four minutes. With the song Pussy (you read that right), the arrangement turns more upon heavy metal rock with a fine beat and groove from the rhythm section. Musically, I liked this song more than the others but, because the vocals were muted, I have no idea what the song is about (which may be a good thing).

If you like your metal heavy, fast, and thrashy with crushing riffage and often galloping speed, you will probably like France's Rising Steel and their sophomore effort, Fight Them All. Check out the video and support the band.




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The Bottom Line

If you like your metal heavy, fast, and thrashy with crushing riffage and often galloping speed, you will probably like France's Rising Steel and their sophomore effort, Fight Them All. Check out the video and support the band.

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