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Striker
Striker
March 2017
Released: 2017, Record Breaking Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

Wasting no time in following up last year’s sleeper hit STAND IN THE FIRE, Edmonton’s Striker have returned almost 12 months to the day with their fifth and self-titled full length, STRIKER. A less balls out, more aggressive record than its predecessor, STRIKER delivers another impressive collection of high energy headbangers.



Compared to the campy, neon glow of the Sunset Strip that shone across STAND IN THE FIRE, STRIKER is a more consciously straightforward metal record. Make no mistake, there are still plenty of big hooks and sing-a-longs, but tunes like the speed metal infused “Over the Top” and “Curse of the Dead” recalls older material a la ARMED TO THE TEETH and CITY OF GOLD, while the mosh stomp of “Pass Me By” explores still yet heavier terrain for the band. The band has plenty of fun within this framework, lobbing shredding licks against layers of escalating vocal lines, and counterbalanced by s a set of grounded, heads down crunch riffs.



But man, it’s the anthemic fist pumpers that Striker really excels at. The opening “Former Glory” exhibits a mild restraint, allowing the attention to center on the vocal textures and the squealing lead guitar work, “Freedom Call” exudes some a Maiden-like flirtations, and “Born to Lose” may be the band’s new official theme song. “Born to Lose, but I’m Living to Win” may be a bit cliché, but it’s true enough for these would be underdogs.



Regardless of what your heavy metal predilections may be, STRIKER offers something for everyone. Super catchy tunes dripping with shred gymnastics and all around technical prowess, Striker deserves a place on any metal fan’s playlist.
Track Listing

1. Former Glory
2. Pass Me By
3. Born to Lose
4. Cheating Death
5. Shadows in the Light
6. Rock the Night
7. Over the Top
8. Freedom's Call
9. Curse of the Dead

Lineup

Dan Cleary - Vocals
Adam Brown - Drums
Timothy Brown - Guitars
Wild Bill - Bass

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Striker
Striker
March 2017
Released: 2017, Record Breaking Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Striker’s 2016 release STAND IN THE FIRE renewed/confirmed the faith of a lot of folks here at Metal-Rules in quality vintage metal modernized for the millennium and done right. STAND IN THE FIRE made its way into many staff members’ personal best of 2016, and punched its way to a solid #12 on Metal-Rule’s Best of 2016 overall. Thus, it is somewhat surprising to see the new self-titled out so quickly, the band’s fifth LP overall and second on their own label, Record Breaking Records. Fortunately, the material picks up right where STAND IN THE FIRE left off, proving the band’s momentum has carried over to the new album.



Like many good albums, STRIKER hits fast and hard. Thirty-three minutes later (this is the band’s shortest full-length yet), I was left feeling satisfied despite the shorter running time. I have gotten so used to metal albums getting ever longer, while Striker is finding ways to trim the fat and increase the impact. Striker’s strengths are played to the hilt on this album, as the catchy and melodic opener “Former Glory” quickly reveals with tasteful guitar fills played behind Dan Cleary’s soaring vocals. “Pass Me By” ups the metal quotient, drawing inspiration from classic Anthrax, particularly in the gang vocals and Cleary’s Belladonna-like approach before the main solo.



As good as the first half of the album is, the second half might be better. The last three songs are all classics, with “Over The Top’s” blistering verse giving way to a connecting and memorable chorus. “Freedom’s Call” briefly slows things down before kicking in and forcibly bashing its way to one of my personal favorites of the album. Ultimately, there are no weak moments here, and with the band having found a continuing winning formula with Fredrik Nordstrom, STRIKER is an album that delivers the type of mix that the sterling musical performance deserves.



If you have not experienced Striker yet, this album is a worthy place to start and should appeal to a wide range of fans, particularly followers of the Priest, Anthrax and Maiden.
Track Listing

1. Former Glory
2. Pass Me By
3. Born To Lose
4. Cheating Death
5. Shadows In The Light
6. Rock The Night
7. Over The Top
8. Freedom's Call
9. Curse of The Dead

Lineup

Dan Cleary - Vocals
Adam Brown - Drums
Tim Brown - Guitars
William Wallace - Bass

Other reviews

» Road Warrior
by JP

» Eyes In The Night
by JP

» Armed To The Teeth
by JP

» City Of Gold
by JP

» Stand in the Fire
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» Striker
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» Striker
by Erich






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