IRON SAVIOR
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Iron Savior is a power metal band formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1996. It was formed by Piet Sielck (ex-Savage Circus), Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, Gamma Ray), Thomas 'Thomen' Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian, ex-Savage Circus). Both Sielck and Hansen handled lead vocal duties, Sielck doing the most parts and was also the lower voice and Hansen the higher and sang occasionally.

The band has a science-fiction theme to their writing. Most of their songs narrate an elaborate story based on a plot involving a self-aware space vessel (the Iron Savior) constructed by the lost continent of Atlantis. Recently, themes include explorations on one's perception of reality and the spirit of freedom. Their style may appeal to fans of Iron Maiden, Gamma Ray and Helloween, among others.

Many of their albums include a cover song, given new life through typical Iron Savior style. Iron Savior has done covers of Seal, Judas Priest, Helloween,
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.. Album Cover 3.98 | 12 ratings
Iron Savior
Power Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 4.47 | 9 ratings
Unification
Power Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.40 | 8 ratings
Dark Assault
Power Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 9 ratings
Condition Red
Power Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 4.09 | 7 ratings
Battering Ram
Power Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.69 | 7 ratings
Megatropolis
Power Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.57 | 8 ratings
The Landing
Power Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 4.29 | 6 ratings
Rise Of The Hero
Power Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Titancraft
Power Metal 2016

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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Interlude
Power Metal 1999

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.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Iron Savior
Power Metal 1997

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Coming Home
Power Metal 1998
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I've Been to Hell
Power Metal 2000
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Titans of Our Time
Power Metal 2002
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Time Will Tell
Power Metal 2004

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IRON SAVIOR Iron Savior

Album · 1997 · Power Metal
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martindavey87
Iron Savior are a power metal "supergroup" that consists of Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen, Blind Guardian's Thomas Stauch, and record producer Piet Sielck (who?). To sum this up in one sentence, this, their self-titled debut, is a concept album focusing on a self-aware space ship...

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Wait...

Hold on...

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Okay, you're still reading. It'll take more than self-aware space ships to detract you. Good job. So let's keep straight faces and focus on what matters most... the music.

Taking what sounds like a terrible idea for a rock opera and turning it into a half-decent metal record is not an achievement to be scoffed at, and what this band may lack in finesse and quality, they certainly make up for in energy and enthusiasm. If you can look past the endless Judas Priest comparisons and the stench of rotten cheese, some of the tracks on 'Iron Savior' are pretty good, of course, some of them are also pretty terrible.

'Iron Savior', 'Assailant', 'Protect the Law' and 'For the World' are all power metal classics (a paradox?), whereas some of the songs, such as 'Riding on Fire', 'Children of the Wasteland' and 'Break It Up' are absolute stinkers. And Sielck's vocals don't help much. Sometimes they fit the music perfectly, sometimes they sound a bit over-the-top and ridiculous. It's hard to decide if I like them or not.

There's some fine riffing going on, as would be expected by power metal godfather Kai Hansen, and the cohesiveness between himself and Sielck is akin to that of similar bands in the genre, such as Gamma Ray (coincidence?), Helloween or Judas Priest. It's just a shame that memorable riffs aren't too common, but hey, the good ones are fantastic, so I'll give 'em that.

With any doubts in mind, you just have to remind yourself that it's a power metal album about a self-aware space ship. A bloody self-aware space ship!!! The cheesy lyrics and repetitive guitar riffs suddenly don't seem that bad now, do they?

IRON SAVIOR Rise Of The Hero

Album · 2014 · Power Metal
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adg211288
Rise of the Hero (2014) is the eighth full-length album by German power metal act Iron Savior. As per usual the album was produced by the band's own Piet Sielck and recorded in his Powerhouse Studio in Hamburg, Germany. The album includes an unusual cover song choice in Mando Diao's Dance With Somebody. Versions with bonus tracks are also available, those tracks being re-recorded versions of the older Iron Savior songs I've Been to Hell (from Dark Assault (2001)) and Mind Over Matter (from Unification (1999)).

Iron Savior are easily one of the most consistent bands going, however in my experience there's never actually been an album from them that I'd be comfortable calling a top tier release. There have been some times whenever I've been very close to it, especially with The Landing (2011) and Unification, but the band has never quite managed to step into masterpiece territory for me. They've generally delivered great to exceptional power metal albums though since their debut Iron Savior (1997) with the one minor blip being Megatropolis (2007) which was still good but not exactly remarkable to my ears (one should bear in mind with that opinion though that Megatropolis is an album I've only heard the once). Rise of the Hero isn't the album to buck the trend, which I guess can be seen as both a positive and a negative thing. Positive, because once again Iron Savior has delivered a solid album that doesn't let their discography down. Negative, because they still haven't made that well overdue top tier classic and it also doesn't come anywhere near as close as its predecessor The Landing did.

Iron Savior does of course still know how to write some really belting power metal tracks that are catchy without coming over as overly cheesy, although the band has managed to be lyrically very cheesy in the past, particularly when they write a song about metal itself, which they've done yet again on Rise of the Hero in the form of the closing Fistraiser. A bit of cheese in a power metal album isn't wrong though since this is meant to be fun music, and Iron Savior excel at that with some choice cuts this time around being Last Hero, Burning Heart and From Far Beyond Time. What drags the album down a bit though is a song like Dragon King which is more of a heavy metal track and not up to Iron Savior's usual standards. The Dance With Somebody cover is obviously a bit different to their original songs but it works well enough although is more indication that the first half of Rise of the Hero is significantly stronger than the second.

Rise of the Hero is something of a step down for Iron Savior after the career best that was The Landing, but I can't say the album is a disappointment. At the end of the day Iron Savior continue to do what they do best here and for me that's perfectly fine. 4 Stars.

82/100

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/iron-savior-rise-of-the-hero-t3375.html)

IRON SAVIOR The Landing

Album · 2011 · Power Metal
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Stephen
'The Landing' definitely contained many great metal numbers such as 'The Savior' which made an excellent starter; 'Starlight' abuse the rhythm as fast as possible and the melodic powerful chorus grant this song as one of the best here, 'March of Doom' is also fast-paced with furious riffs and another fave of mine, but probably best of the bunch is on the super cheesy titled, formulaic melodic metal, 'Heavy Metal Never Dies'. A very effective track with those big hooks and sing-along lines!

There are several downside to this album though. 'Moment In Time' was strengthened with tense riffs but lack of something memorable, 'Hall of The Heroes' fell short on the chorus, and 'Before The Pain' can just be left out. 'R U Ready' and 'No Guts, No Glory' saves the day for them, especially the latter which is the best track on the second half.

Based on probably 3 spins, I think I will stick with 80% although I'm afraid after more than 10 spins, 'The Landing' will dropped to 75%, but I heard that several people already claimed that this is their best so far. I don't argue with that as I dig this album a lot, but I hope they can come up with a better and more consistent album in the near future.

IRON SAVIOR The Landing

Album · 2011 · Power Metal
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adg211288
The Landing is the seventh album from German power metal band Iron Savior, and it may just be in possession of the best artwork of 2011. Talk about eye-catching! Fortunately though the music of the album more than lives up to the greatness of the cover art, because with The Landing we’re talking classic guitar-driven power metal, which admittedly isn’t without its portion of cheese, but is an absolutely killer release.

I don’t know what it is about the Germans, but they seem to be able to consistently turn out top quality power metal more so than any other country I know, having given the world big name acts like Helloween, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray and Avantasia to name but a handful of the big name acts. The Landing is my first encounter with the lesser known Iron Savior, who actually has connections to most of those bigger bands I just mentioned in that their original line-up featured both Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, Gamma Ray) and Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian). Both have since departed Iron Savior, leaving it in the hands of frontman Piet Sielck who has continued the band to the point that recently he left his other band, Savage Circus, in order to focus all his attention on Iron Savior. I haven’t heard the work the band did with the more well known musicians, but I can safely say that if The Landing is anything to go by, Iron Savior is doing very well as it is!

As I said this is the guitar driven kind of power metal, which in itself means that the music doesn’t suffer from being too cheesy, especially since Sielck’s vocals have a rough edge to them rather than the high pitched soaring melody associated with vocalists like Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween). What cheesy stuff is here is in the lyrics of a couple of the tracks, namely Heavy Metal Never Dies and R.U. Ready. With names like that you don’t really need to be told why do you? Of course I think any metalhead can appreciate the sentiment expressed in the former track, even if such lyrics have been somewhat over done by various artists over the years. R.U. Ready is in the same vein, leaning more towards rock this time though, and contains lines that reference classic tracks such as Smoke on the Water, Born to be Wild, Breaking the Law and more. This is as far as the cheese in The Landing goes though, and even then, I guess this only rates a 2 at most on the cheese-o-metre.

The music on The Landing can be considered one dimensional, apart from one foray into balladry territory on Before the Pain, but that’s not really a problem since it’s clear that Iron Savior is a band who know what they’re good at, and they deliver exceptionally on The Landing, even in those cheesy moments. The real goods though are delivered in the form of The Savior, Starlight, March of Doom, Moment in Time and the closing No Guts No Glory. The production job, done by Piet Sielck, gives a crisp sound to the guitars, resulting in a clear sound but it may have worked even better done in such a way to give the riffs a bit of additional heaviness but all in all it’s a professional job that shows off Sielck’s vocals especially well.

The Landing may be something of a typical power metal album in some ways but it also stands out in front of the crowd of acts where the cheese is way too prevailing, which is one of the reasons that I believe that the power metal genre gets a bit of bad press, especially from the more die-hard metalheads. The Landing is one of those albums that shows that the genre, when done at its best, is one that means just as much business as thrash, death and traditional metal. Iron Savior proves that they deserve to be right up there with the greats with this one and The Landing comes highly recommended to all, especially if you’re one of those that when confronted with power metal thinks ‘flower metal’ and promptly ignores it. The Landing is the sort of album that should make you realise just how much you’re missing out on.

9.4/10

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org))

IRON SAVIOR Condition Red

Album · 2002 · Power Metal
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Though Helloween, Blind Guardian, and Gamma Ray may be the biggest German power metal bands, there exists Iron Savior. These guys are an underrated group. Here exists their strongest offering yet, 'Condition Red'

No intros or whatnot to start off; we go right into the fast and heroic sounding "Titans of Our Time". Cheesy? Probably. But I find this way more satisfying than the other German PM bands. Then we have mid-paced songs like "Protector" or "Condition Red", and what's a legit power metal album without this type of song? What else does power metal need? Battle anthems like "Ironbound"!

What we don't have are any of those slow tear jerking ballads that nobody seems to like. At all. As we go on, we continue to have more traditional heavy metal inspired power metal like "Mindfeeder" and "Walls of Fire". But the best song here is "Thunderbird". "Thunderbird" is the perfect finale for such an album. It's fast and heroic sounding. Thunderbird, take us there!

A must have for power metal fans.

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Psydye wrote:
1 year ago
Grammar is not w/ me this fine night!
Psydye wrote:
1 year ago
*heard
Psydye wrote:
1 year ago
Loved their 'Unification' album...gonna have to check out the rest of their discog....herd a couple songs from another album too(Condition Red, maybe some others...all awesome stuff! :D

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