First off, this is not the rather more well-known power metal band out of Germany here, but rather a much more obscure band from the Twin Cities in Minnesota that put out one EP (Reel Life) way back in 1985 and then returned to obscurity. Now StormSpell has finally given their due with a remasted CD release of the EP as well as a whole slew of other unreleased tracks to present this rather refreshing 14 track mixture of hard rock and heavy metal. The sound is very 70’s proto metal with a fair mix of glam in the process and some almost early 80’s pop for lack of a better description. The music is pretty fast paced and really quite good, in fact I wonder why they weren’t able to make more of a go with it as there are a number of tracks on here that really have a lot of potential. Conversely there are a few that didn’t quite hit the mark, showing the band’s youth, though I do give them much credit for the diversity as it doesn’t get boring, even if they didn’t quite have their sound figured out yet. The production is as one would expect from a very small mid 80’s release, though the remastering has really helped give it a little kick in the pants. Overall you could go far worse than to pick this up on CD, especially if you are like me and love discovering the little nuggets of metal gold from back in the day and this one is definitely a solid nugget worth checking out!
Choice Tracks – Pyramids Of Mars, Ain’t It Strnage, Wicked Rock & Roll, Captain’s Log, Surrealist, Hell Gate