Steel Preacher - Route 666
By: Eric Compton
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2003
|Steel Preacher - Route 666
1. Into war
2. Sworn to fight
3. Route 666
4. Metal till death
5. Fire and steel
7. Story of steel
8. Messengers of steel
"Route 666" is the self financed demo from Germany's Steel Preacher.
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Most of you familiar with my reviews know that I'm a huge fan of German power metal. Steel
Preacher fits nicely in what I like to think of as my personal metal niche. This 3-piece
rough and tumble act seems hell bent on chasing women, drinking beer, and playing fast
heavy metal ala Tankard or Accept. The group really drives home a dirty, bluesy metal
sound on the listener. One can almost think of Motorhead at times, only a bit more metal
oriented as opposed to punk.
Vocalist Steel Preacher (I'm not kidding!) reminds me of Death SS frontman Steve
Sylvester, with a high pitched grainy vocal style on these songs. Of course this is only a
demo so those vocals may change on better production, but I like what he is doing with
Tracks like "Sworn To Fight" and "Route 666" are great German fare,
with tons of guitar melody grinding across a mid-paced assault of old school metal.
Belgian new wave band Killer comes to mind on some songs like "Metal Till
Death", with its down and dirty thrash attack over a tight drum battery courtesy of
Hendrick. The band even takes some time to poke fun at metal warriors Manowar with
"Story Of Steel".
The band did a great job packaging this album, with a killer album cover and a nice in-lay
booklet to go with it. Its really surprising to think of this as a demo, but the band
insists that's all it is right now.
Great things are sure to come for Steel Preacher. Hopefully the band can land a decent
record deal and we can hear a better produced offering next time. Limb and Remedy, please
check these guys out!!
Rock Hard, Die Free.
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