Ignitor - Road Of Bones
Look out, Judas Priest worship inbound! Hah. Austin Texas' Ignitor are a relatively young up-and-coming metal outfit, playing ballsly classic/thrash in the vein of middle-era Priest or 3 Inches of Blood. Their debut record Road of Bones has been out for about a year or so now.
So what's to like? For starters, everything. Their sound is that of youth, of umbridled passion for their music. And would you believe it; the vocalist is a CHICK! WOO! Metal needs more female vocalists, especially those that sound this wicked. But alas, according to their myspace, she (Erika Tandy) has since left the fold. Oh well, I'll be looking for her to pop up somewhere else, her talent shines all over this disc. But the true meat is the riffs, like any great traditional metal album, the riffs are the key and the lock. On songs like "Scarlet Enigma", the mid-tempo anthemic "Wings of Blackheart" and the empassioned and fiery "Phoenix", their riffs are in top order, crafty, melodic and very heavy.
So, for an ample amount of Priest-esque metal, a style of traditional heavy metal heard assimulated plenty but rarely done with such passion, Ignitor should feed your fix. This is one of the better metal debuts I've heard lately, one that's given them some good recognition and a good platform for an even better sophomore release. Road Of Bones earns my reccomendation to metalheads far and wide.
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