Published on August 10th, 2016 | by Justin G.1
Striker: Stand in the Fire
Right on schedule, Canadian traditional metal band Striker is back with a new album, titled Stand in the Fire. Over the course of their four albums, this New Wave of Traditional Metal band has perfected their brand of old school, power and speed-infused heavy metal.
Striker has always had a strong melodic side to go with their relentless shredding guitar attack, but on their previous album (2014’s excellent City of Gold) and now Stand in the Fire, that melodic side is emphasized even more. It’s almost like the love child of Exciter and Skid Row, but with a healthy dose of Enforcer and Riot thrown in. The riffing is insane, and the melodies and shout-along choruses make these song extremely easy to get into. “Out For Blood,” “Outlaw” and the title tracks are great examples of this album’s wild energy, and the instrumental “Escape From Shred City,” which features Arsis’s Brandon Ellis, is a shred fan’s dream.
Striker continues to prove why they’re one of the best and most exciting bands in the old school metal game. They do high-speed, high-energy traditional metal very well, and Stand in the Fire may be their strongest album yet. If you’re a fan of bands like Riot, Widow, Enforcer, Wolf, and of course Iron Maiden, you need to discover this band.
Summary: Striker has found the perfect mix of speed, power and melody.