Label: Youngblood Records - YB-23 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Hardcore
Despite what everyone else is saying, I can't call Iron Age a hardcore band. I know they're on a hardcore label and have members that were in fairly big hardcore bands.
But they're just not hardcore music. Their music is way to metal to be lumped in with hardcore. The duo of Steve Norman on rhythm guitar and Wade Allison on lead guitar make this record. Their Separation - Wardell Quezergue - Strung Out - The Malaco Sessions are crisp and drive each song from start to finish with great intensity.
I'm especially a fan of the sound of the guitars - it's very Metallica Kill 'Em All. You can't disagree! Listen to "Evil Ways" and try; you will fail!
Let's not forget the killer solos, like the one on "Butcher's Bill. For the Iron Age - Constant Struggle part the bass playing of Iron Age - Constant Struggle Jackson isn't that prevalent as it's usually following the beat set forth by Reed Thomas' drumming.
However it does shine in a few spots, the opening sequence of "Brainwreck," for example. Thomas' drumming is solid throughout and he helps give the album a nice full sound.
I had a hard time placing Jason Tarpey's vocals. They're gruff yells, almost screams, but nothing coarse. His yells Iron Age - Constant Struggle me of both Lemmy Kilmister and Dwid at times, but even those comparisons seem like a stretch. Comparing Iron Age to what Puffy - Satanicpornocultshop - Ugh Yoing bulk of hardcore bands are churning out these days would be unfair.
Constant Struggle is of a whole other realm. It's more metal and rock-n-roll than hardcore, and this is a welcome change. My only problem with this record is the hype factor that has been built into it. Nevertheless, it is a good record and I like what I hear. Youngblood Interested in our staff or writing for us? Or maybe you want to contact us in general? Hosting by DigitalOcean.
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