Monday, May 15, 2017

Striker - Striker



Dig it waveriders.  I've got this totally radical collection of tunes to tell you about!  It's this ace album called Striker and it was released earlier this year.  Coincidentally, the band that produced this gem is named Striker as well.  Wicked, right?  I know!  So let me explain why you should be interested in this music.

Do you remember the 1980s?  Striker does!  In case you don't recall the 80s witnessed the rise of glam metal, the emergence of thrash metal, the latter stages of the NWOBHM, etc.  Essentially, there was a lot going on in the realm of heavy metal.  Striker distills elements from all across the metallic landscape of that decade into a fine mash engineered for maximum potency.  One song, maybe two?  You're over the legal limit and flying high!

Songs like album opener "Former Glory", "Born To Lose", and "Shadows In The Light" draw heavily from the book of glam.  These tracks revel in their hearty melody lines and devilishly catchy hooks.  Those listeners more interested in songs which will ceaselessly pummel their eardrums should look no further than "Pass Me By" and "Curse Of The Dead".  Their pitiless thrash elements cannot be denied.  If you want more traditional metal or favor the sounds of the NWOBHM the one-two punch of "Rock The Night" and "Over The Top" will be your premiere listening destination.  Special mention also goes to "Freedom's Call" and closing track "Desire".  These two compositions show the full range of what Striker is capable of delivering, connecting the dots of all their influences to form powerfully compelling songs.

Waveriders you don't have to be a die hard fan of 1980s heavy metal in order to appreciate Striker.  The music they create is downright infectious and overflowing with vitality.  On the other hand, if you are someone who loves the metal of the 80s and haven't been exposed to Striker until now then my friend your ship has come in!  Listen.  Enjoy.  Support.

-Penfold


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