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 Toledo Steel - Zero Hour EP (2015) Album Review

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Toledo Steel - Zero Hour EP (2015)
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Due to lots of life changes, which none of you want to hear about, I've had to take a bit of a break from writing, but I'm sorted now and I've got a lot of catching up to do. First up is the return of Southampton based Toledo Steel, one of the best new Classic Metal/NWOBHM bands I've heard in a long while. They immediately impressed me live and their first, self titled, EP was a stormer. Here is the link to that review;

'Zero Hour' is the new EP (released in February) and pretty much takes off where 'Toledo Steel' landed. Everything that impressed with the debut is present and correct but this time around, along with the passion and galloping Maiden style riffs, there is more refinement and maturity. You can tick off all the classic influences. Priest, Saxon, the already mentioned Iron Maiden and thanks to the hugely diverse range of vocalist Rich Rutter, who looks and sounds like a young Bruce Dickinson mixed with Paul Di'Anno, you can also add early Helstar to that list. It's not just the classic bands though. If your exposure to this genre is through Cauldron etc then Toledo Steel will resonate just as much!

Kicking off with the title track, which is in fact a short but atmospheric keyboard intro, Toledo Steel then land a studded, gloved fist into your face with first track proper 'Fallen Empire' Think 'Piece Of Mind' era Maiden and you will be on the money. This is exactly the type of song that turned my head in the early 80's and led me on my adrenaline and alcohol fuelled younger days. 'City Lights', 'Children Of The Sun' (my favourite song here), 'Speed Killer' and 'Toledo Steel' follow in quick succession and the momentum does not drop. Everything here gets your head banging and is catchy as Chlamydia! Guitarists Tom Potter and Kyle House make a formidable partnership, bassist David Lovell throws down some great thumping bass lines, and thanks to a clear production, can be properly heard and, last but not least, drummer Matt Dobson holds everything together with more than solid stick work that also perfectly complements the bass!

Toledo Steel aren't original, far from it, but what they do is done so damned well that I really don't give a shit about that and I don't think they do either. This is how Classic Metal should sound. It's done with style, verve and a huge smile, is thoroughly enjoyable and keeps the flame alive amongst a sea of mediocrity. You cannot ask for more than that as far as I'm concerned!

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