German speed metal/power metal stalwarts Iron Savior are back with album number 12 and Kill Or Get Killed is a suitably reliable album from a band renowned for their dependability.
Inspired by the book The Star of Pandora – a sci-fi novel about the destruction of humanity at the hands of an alien civilisation – Iron Savior were apparently “up for something new” which is ironic considering how standard a power metal album Kill Or Get Killed actually is.
Iron Savior are, and always have been, a power metal band in the purest sense – epic, resilient, committed and suitably bombastic – and that blueprint is not being fucked with here. The title track is a typical high-octane opener which captures the attention before the cheese factor increases ten-fold with the insistent “Roaring Thunder”. However, what follows is relatively predictable with a series of soaring highly melodic ditty’s balanced out by the fierier moments of tracks such as “Stand Up And Fight”.
There’s no doubting the credentials of Piet Sielck, who has been at the forefront of the Teutonic power metal scene for forever and a day, but it’s hard to put your finger on a single stand-out moment which will elevate Kill Or Get Killed into a 2019 classic in the making.
A solid Germanic power metal release but probably not one that will eventually rank as one of the best of the year. 6/10
IRON SAVIOR – Kill Or Get Killed
Genre: Power Metal
Format: Digipak, Vinyl, Box Set
Release Date: 08 March 2019
Label: AFM Records