April 23rd 2018 sees the official worldwide release of the new Stormzone opus, Lucifer’s Factory. The sixth album from these Belfast-based heavy metal merchants, whose previous releases have prompted gushing praise from major print media and online zines alike, Lucifer’s Factory features 13 tracks of blistering heavy metal combining the superb vocals of Harv Harbinson with the crunching, powerful delivery of his bandmates; who not only keep the classic heavy metal flag flying at full mast but also continue to celebrate their Celtic roots!
Stormzone achieved the honour of being chosen by legendary Dokken guitarist George Lynch to be his backing band – as his ‘European’ Lynch Mob – and their obvious pedigree is writ large over this consistently impressive modern metal album.
Stormzone are a class act, a band who intrinsically know how to write track after track of blistering melodic metal, music ripped straight from the rulebook originally penned by Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and now revitalised in a manner which will heave long-term metal fans salivating salaciously.
“The Heaven You Despise” thunders along at speed with Harv Harbinson’s vocals proving to be as stellar as ever, while “Cusy Glen” (those Celtic roots fully embraced) is prime NWOBHM, bold as brass and as catchy as fuck.
This is classic sounding stuff, built on massive riffs and huge vocal hooks with melody and metallic muscle standing side by side. Power metal may be the easiest description – and Lucifer’s Factory is certainly powerful – but it’s also so much more. There are moments on tracks such as “Last Night In Hell” that are so fuckin’ METAL, you’ll think the 80’s had returned for good and the whole album maintains this level of stirring, scintillating old-school charm throughout.
With new releases from such revered and established pure metal acts such as Judas Priest, Saxon, Leather Leone, Stryper and Lizzy Borden, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of rip-roaring traditional metal sounds….and with Lucifer’s Factory, Stormzone are leading the charge! 8/10