We are definitely going through a pretty fantastic resurgence of classic, traditional minded metal. Between the newer bands that have come out over the last several years, combined with the pioneers of the genre such as the NWOBHM icons of Tygers Of Pan Tang, Satan, Grim Reaper, Raven and Demon among others continuing to put out one quality album after another, it is a good time to be a metalhead.
Sparta brings us another slab of NWOBHM glory with their latest offering No Retreat No Surrender; a title that perfectly captures the feel and vibe of the traditional minded revolution we are seeing ourselves in. The album isn’t just a paint by numbers attempt at rekindling their early days either. The music on the disc is infectious, invigorating and enjoyable! And did I say infectious? Just about every track on this CD can get stuck in your head for days (as I am typing this I have Land Of Mystery going on and on in my head).
Sparta are one of those bands that all but disappeared during the dark days of the 90s, but came soaring back a bit older and a bit wiser and sound like they haven’t lost a step…in fact they probably gained a few steps as the music just shines through. The band has also remarkably stayed pretty much intact over the years as the lineup features the Reders trio (Karl on vocals, Steve on guitar and Paul on drums) as well as Tony Foster on guitar and Tony Warren on drums.
It is pretty much impossible to say which songs are the best here, but a few highlights worth mentioning would be the aforementioned Land Of Mystery, Victory, Lords Of Time and the anthemic Stand Up For Heavy Rock And Metal. Dark Of Your Mind and the title track are also very significant and have to be mentioned as well.
I could go on and on about the melodic vibes that this disc can bring you. It isn’t the heaviest disc out there by any means and that is okay, it doesn’t really need it. I find it refreshing and classic sounding at the same time. No retreat, no surrender, no hesitation, if you love the NWOBHM glory days, this disc belongs in your collection!
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