By now, Iron Savior likely needs little introduction. Formed in 1996 in Germany by ex-Helloween members Pat Sielck and Kai Hansen and the drummer for Blind Guardian at the time, Thomen Stauch, Iron Savior has over the years released album after album of great power metal blending sounds from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with sci-fi themed lyrics. Now with Titancraft, Pat Sielck is the only remaining original member and the band is on its ninth album, the studio release following their critically acclaimed Rise of the Hero (2014).
My first exposure to Iron Savior was Rise of the Hero and that is such a fantastic album, anything the band produces after that will be judged in light of that release, which really isn’t fair to any band, especially because that album is so good. Ok, enough of the past, on the whole, Titancraft showcases a band with talent to burn. Pat Sielck’s vocals are crisp, clear and strong as perfect for power metal as one would want, group choruses are epic, guitar solos are great and the rhythm section is as strong as ever, delivering a great groove to the songs. My one grip with the album is that the production while needing to be clean for the genre, seems almost too clean and to me at least, lacks some of the grit and drive found on Rise of the Hero.