Striker – Armed To The Teeth

Armed To The Teeth
Released: July 2012
Speed Metal/Thrash Metal / Power Metal
Released via Napalm Records

‘Armed To The Teeth’ is the second album from the Canadian speed metal band Striker. Napalm Records has scheduled the release of this album to coincide with the re-release of the band’s debut ‘Eyes In The Night’.

So I made the mistake of listening to an old album by Manowar just a couple of hours before switching this on… Needless to say that my ‘cheese-o-meter’ hit the red line right at the start of ‘Forever’! Squeaky vocals? Yep. Guitar solos galore? Check.

This is speed metal with more than just a hint of power metal and some cheesy lyrics to match. Good thing that there’s a few thrash metal elements thrown in to the mix in some of the tracks such as the guitar style at the start of and half way through ‘Lethal Force’. The said track also features a powerful guitar solo towards the end which makes it memorable. The next track ‘It Could Be Worse’ sounds like a mixture of Accept and two of Canada’s finest – Annihilator and Exciter particularly in terms of the vocals.

Other noteworthy tracks include: the guitar solo infused ‘Feed The Fire’ and the catchy, speed-thrash metal song ‘Wolf Gang’ which comes complete with some samples of a wolf howling.

4/5 – It’s cheesy speed metal at its best.

Iza Raittila

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