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Hammerschmitt - 'Still On Fire' Hot

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Written by Central Electronic Brain     February 04, 2017    
 
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One for the patched denim and leather brigade, the transition to English has to be a great international step for the band.

Together for twenty years, this is the German band's fourth album, but its first full-length release in English. It's a back-to-basics, Hard Rockin' album with a pedigree with its roots based in Scorpions and Warlock.

'Rock Steady' starts off with a monolithic guitar and vocals that get straight down to business. Simple and direct lyrics, not too complicated, with a straight down the line Metal sound. It's not the most original material in the world, but guaranteed to please, like a good basic meal; a bit Def Leppard, you might say. 'Sanctuary' is slightly harder, with a more driven sound from the start courtesy of guitars that are a little like Diamond Head and Iron Maiden in places. Title track 'Still On Fire' shows off vocalist Benjamin Kroib's voice in some good long notes riding above the Metal rhythm.

'Metalheadz' is a great example of a title illustrating this band's target market. Like Doro, they are not afraid to celebrate their chosen medium to the full and the song is a tribute to the passion and history of Metal, with accolades going to a lot of British and American major Metal acts. The song has a nice harmonic chorus which will probably work very well live. It recognizes things have not always been great for Metal, but that it has triumphed nevertheless, through the dedication of the fans.

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Despite some dodgy, not too female-friendly lyrics, 'Shout' has some great guitar, as does 'One Helluva Night' and 'Mean Streak'. 'Crazy World' is more of a ballad in a kind of Skid Row vein, with more of a Rock 'n' Roll mixed with The Cult sound, 'Whoo Hoo' has a chorus like a steam train, which should be another that will likely be a lot of fun at concerts! I'm not a fan of the slower cover of 'Killed By Death' which closes the album, but at least they are trying to do something different, and you can hear the words!

One for the patched denim and leather brigade, the transition to English has to be a great international step for the band!

Dawn Osborne

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