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The Return Of The Storm - Lars Bjørn - 8 stars

The Return Of The Storm

The Return Of The Storm
(Pure Steel Records - 2011)

Some people think of early Accept and Udo Dirkschneider when they listen to this album, but my first thought was that they are heavily inspired by Saxon musically and that vocalist Joe Ziegler get ideas from both Udo Dirkschneider and Biff Byford in his way of singing. So if you say that Evenstorm do 80's metal you are on the right path. Heavy metal in it's basic form with the focus on strong and powerful guitar sound, great use of booster effects and melodic basic rhythms so nothing can go wrong. So far so good, so very very good. First song is The Return Of The Storm and the fans who normally knows Evenstorm as a strong live band get their pockets full of classical 80's metal that would do homage to Saxon, it's exactly this style of fine old school metal. Determinated To Rock leaves no doubt about the business of Evenstorm, heavy rhythm without any complicated stuff just plain good old metal, melodic and great. Marushka is a song about a young prostitute who are longing to get out of the shitty life, but are stuck in the hell where she is, sad topic but a really great heavy song. Position 69 is an old song which are re-recorded for this album, but in the same style as the rest of the material on The Return Of The Storm. Forsaken slows down the tempo but everything has it's right spot on this album, it's not out of place at all. Pleasure Ride is also a splendid creation and good represent for what Evenstorm is all about, quality old style metal at it's finest. The last song, Message, is also a re-recording from the earlier days, good traditional old school metal. This is an album that get you in a good mood.

8 stars

Lars Bjørn


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