|Savage - 'Sons Of Malice' (Minus2Zebra)|
|Written by Jim Rowland|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 05:00|
Savage may not be the first band to spring to mind when you think of the NWOBHM, but these East Midlands metal merchants were there at the start, forming in 1979. Metallica's Lars Ulrich picked up on them pretty early through Suspect Record's 1981 compilation 'Scene Of The Crime' and the band subsequently became an influence on a fledgling Metallica. Their debut album, 1983's 'Loose And Lethal' received rave reviews at the time, and was the biggest selling import album in the US. However, this early promise didn't materialise into long-term success and the band folded in 1986, resurrecting themselves in 1995 for a further 3 albums before disbanding again in the early 2000's.
'Sons Of Malice' sees the band back again after a ten year hiatus for another crack. The album opens up in explosive fashion with the barnstorming 'The Rage Within', a riff-tastic slice of NWOBHM. 'Black N Blue' sees the band heading in a much more bluesy direction, and it's a hybrid of these two styles that pretty much makes up the rest of this powerful and very enjoyable album. 'The Hanging Tree' has a real good hard rocking groove to it, as does 'Blow' and 'Monkey On My Back', and the moody title track, the banker-bashing 'Sons Of Malice', benefits from a strong chorus. Tracks like 'The Rage Within', 'Now', 'Waking The Dead' and ' Choose Revolution' bring Savage's better known contemporaries Raven to mind, sounding like a bluesier version of the Geordie NWOBHM legends.
'Sons Of Malice' is an album full to the brim of strong bluesy metal riffs, powerful performances and well written songs, showing the band have matured. It's a traditional metal album with a classy blues infusion that will do their reputation no harm at all.