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Locked In - Striker - Stand In The Fire Lights Out For Blood Too Late Stand In The Fire The Iron Never Lies Escape From Shred City Outlaw Locked In. Better Times. One Life. Album Notes. Since forming nearly 8 years ago, not a day goes by without the pedal to the metal attitude that smashes through the traffic jam Locked In - Striker - Stand In The Fire modern metal. Striker has come a long with since their formation in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was this first major stepping-stone in kick starting a promising career. This established the credibility of Striker as a hardworking, dedicated band, willing to take the risks necessary to make it to the next level of their musical career. Over the years Striker continued to refine their public image, hone their product, and solicit support within the music industry. Hot off the heels of the album release announcement, Striker was selected to directly support heavy metal giants Metallica for 2 sold out shows at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The shows were a huge boost to the band and showed them the inner workings of one of the most successful bands in history. With a newfound work ethic, the band set to work planning their biggest Canadian and European tours to date, breaking into new territories such as the UK and Japan. The one other thing that detracts from this album is that the songs all follow a very similar pattern that's clearly tried and tested. It's all quite safe, and although it works very well at the start of the album, by the end things start to drag a bit. There aren't any songs that are particular standouts as far as filler is concerned, but the strongest tracks are the Locked In - Striker - Stand In The Fire at the very start of Stand in the Fire. There's no real Eureka (Hooved Rmx) - Qbeck - Railway Mood until the very last track, 'One Life', and I can't help but think that they would have been better served sticking it somewhere in the middle to break things up just a little. Overall I would say that this album is a strong listen and it's sure to energise the listener, but it's not quite as fantastic as the opener 'Phoenix Lights' will have you believe. It grows tired towards the end and I'm not entirely sold on the vocals, but besides that I would suggest anyone who likes their music intense, melodic and fun gives Stand in the Fire a chance. No bullshit, no pretend epic 70 minute albums dragging on over their due. This, their fourth in line, is 45 minutes Silver Bullet - Alpha - The Sky Is Mine right on the punch, with eleven songs filling it out. An homage, on their own - as usual - to the bands that made them what they are. The guitars are obviously in focus on an album like this, Timothy Brown working a lot on his own, but mainly with Trent Halliwell who appears on six tracks. Both carry parts that are just manic. Good riffs are also not hard to come by, as they make up most every song. Brandon Ellis Arsis guests on the instrumental shredder, which might not be up to par with the legends of shred, but still is a damn fine mid-album track. And they do not disappoint. Actually, Cleary is worthy of a mention. This Boys In Trouble - Ups/Downs a good album no doubt about it, albeit not exceptional. One of the best movements in modern metal is without a doubt the new wave of traditional heavy metal. When Canadian metallians Striker hit the scene with a promising debut, one could only hope that they were here to stay. After the great sophomore effort of Armed to the Teethand another! A short couple years after City of Gold came this album, Stand in the Fire. Might I also say, holy fudge. Have these guys proven themselves or what?! City of Gold was enough, but now they've got this among their discography! Sad Day - Blancmange - Happy Families sound has always been straightforward and ballsy heavy metal, with Fast Approaching - Various - The Contemporary Guitar Sampler bit of thrash here and there; on this album, the Locked In - Striker - Stand In The Fire that they have cultivated has reached its peak. Basically everything that is so amazing about Striker is in full bloom on this new record. The music within is focused, energetic, creative, and very memorable. The band does a fantastic job of expanding their signature sound; throwback album this is not. This is the real deal. The previous few albums had a few of those heavy metal cliches that you could expect from a more generic NWOTHM band, but all of that is gone here. This album, for damn near its entire running time, is fast, heavy, creative, and originally badass. Stand in the Fire sees a breakthrough from plain old traditional heavy metal, the riffs have a burning drive that would be at home in some thrash albums while there are some unique little atmospheric or melodic nuances that grace the music, adding even more to the dynamics of the album. How many times have you heard a saxophone executed nicely in a metal song? Not too many, but Striker manages to throw in some sexy sax along with the crushing riffage Bicentennial Bridge - The Orange Peels - Sun Moon make a surprisingly effective track "Out for Blood". Nuances and additions like this are strewn throughout the You Wont See Me - Anne Murray - Anne Murrays Greatest Hits, but never forced, making for a heavy metal album that raises the bar significantly. While the sparks of creativity help to make this a unique listen, one goes to a heavy metal album for just that - heavy metal. Stand in the Fire offers some of the most focused, driving, and ballsy metal ever played in this decade and it never lets up. If it's good 'ol heavy freakin' metal you are looking for, Striker will definitely be right up your alley. This album is probably their most straightforward of the bunch as well, being consistently heavy but also really catchy; a trait that they've done an excellent job of developing. The chorus' are all wonderfully written, being very memorable and catchy but never being lame. The verses are always fast and driving while the cleaner interludes are always tasteful and never interrupting. The musicianship on this album is insane. The talent was evident on their earlier stuff, but this is a whole new level. The riffs are heavy and creative, the drums powerful and effective, Dan's vocals are better than ever, and the solos are of a Locked In - Striker - Stand In The Fire new level.{/PARAGRAPH}


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8 thoughts on “ Locked In - Striker - Stand In The Fire

  1. Sep 13,  · Striker is my new favorite band. I'm a hard rock / metal fan since the beginning of time. The band covers a lot of territory and captures elements of RIOT (Fire Down Under & Thundersteel), Iron Maiden (Powerslave), Anthrax (Fistful of Metal), even Suicidal Tendencies. After a few YouTube videos and track listens, /5(12).

  2. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Striker - Stand In The Fire at Discogs. Complete your Striker collection/5(20).

  3. May 15,  · The balance between complexity and catchiness is any band’s Achilles’ heel, but with ‘Stand In The Fire’, Striker have succeeded in achieving this balance, perhaps better than they did on any of the previous three albums. While this album is a full-on demonstration of the group’s musical .

  4. Features Song Lyrics for Striker's Stand In The Fire album. Includes Album Cover, Release Year, and User Reviews.

  5. Sep 13,  · Traditional hard rock, speed metal, melodic hard rock, thrash, modern metal. Stand In The Fire, City Of Gold, Striker CDs are my favorites. Locked In, United & Phoenix Lights are my favorite songs, but the playing and singing is great on everything. Great hardworking band - buy their music. Best little known band out there/5(12).

  6. “Stand in the Fire”, Striker’s 4th studio album, prepares to shift the band into high gear and leave the competition in the dust. Guest performances from some of metal’s premiere players as well as other unprecedented collaborations prepare a high octane mix that is ready for ignition.

  7. Dec 25,  · The title track “Stand In The Fire” is an example of seemingly a miss mash of song ideas being seemingly thrown together to make one song that doesn’t seem to have much flow. There’s no doubt that the Striker band members are all talented musicians who are quite adept at bringing back the old school thrash sound but in a more modern presentation.

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