Back to the roots indeed. These Belgian metalheads have been doing their thing for 35 years now and have presented their latest and seventh full length offering upon us. Been the better portion of a decade since their last full length album, Immortal in 2005 has been released and this power trio shows that they can still hang and bang with the best of them. The band has flirted with the boundaries of heavy metal and hard rock, and this is no different. Very reminiscent of the early 80’s sound that spawned them, and if anything this album is a tribute and a testament to a simpler time with a marked NWOBHM (especially Saxon) feel to it. The tracks here are nostalgic and anthemic, nothing new or revolutionary but at the same time this is very accessible and comfortable metal which really comes off as genuine from a bunch of lads that have been through it. My only real gripe here is that it’s a bit on the lengthy side at 15 tracks and over 70 minutes, which is quite excessive honestly. Cutting back to a crisp 12 tracks could have really made this album one of the very best of the year, as it stands it is still a monster!
Choice Tracks – Back To The Roots, Firestorm, Monsters Of Rock, Hold Your Head Up High, The Reactor, Rock City