Formed in 1996 by Piet Sielck and other ex-Helloween members, Iron Savior has released now 13 albums of material including a live CD/DVD and a re-recorded best of album, Reforged –Riding the Fire (2017). As a result, the band needs little introduction to those familiar with European metal or power metal in general. Over the years, the lineup around Piet has changed, but he has continually found members with exquisite skills and ability to complement his style and vision. Throughout their history, the band has combined science fiction with their distinctive take on the the NWOBHM sound and Kill or Get Killed is no exception with the somewhat darker concept being inspired by Piet’s reading of the book “The Star of Pandora” which is about the destruction of humanity by an alien civilization. Once again, the overall sound was polished to a metal perfection by Piet at his Powerhouse Studios.
Kill or Get Killed wastes no time blasting right into the first track and setting the tone for the rest of the album. Jan S. Eckert on bass and Patrick Klose on drums provide a solid rhythm at a torrid pace while the guitars of Piet and Piesel Küstner sound out some great riffs and leads.