There is no shortage of '80's-obsessed trad metal albums out there, but I can hardly name any that sound this authentic and pure. Even fewer do so without coming across as cheesy and one-dimensional. These Canadians have moved away from the speedier style of their early material towards a more accessible (but not wimpy) mid-tempo style that takes us back to 1989 or '90 with big, wide open grooves and shiny, punchy production to match. But there are a couple of borderline speed metal numbers, one augmented with saxophone- something else you would never expect to hear on a metal album made after the '80's, if then. Definitely a guilty pleasure, and a perfect companion to summertime fun.