Let's mix 95% of the helly styles of Blaze Bayle-era 1990s Iron Maiden and 5% 2010's Accept. This will create something that could be quite close to what Ironbound from Poland is doing. The name of the job is therefore traditional heavy metal, which is played in a grouped manner and decorated with double guitarliids.
The Lightbringer is an insatiable record, and mostly it's because Ironbound from Rybnic, almost in the middle of Poland, has an unintended sense of style.
Zbigniew Bizon's fingered bass hips and jogs wonderfully. Adam Calka's drumming is elastic, dynamic and imaginative, the tassel is not cannoned in vain, and michal Halamoda and Krzysztof Calka's double guitars sing beautifully in unisono, and guitar solos sing all kinds of self-exalted steed. Every note of them fits the song, but also gives it something. Free-breathing, knee-over songs have a sense of great adventure in their lyrics. Lukasz Krauze, who sings a little slightly tightly but comfortably without any wobbly vibrato, sounds like Blaze on his best days and Bruce Dickinson, in his 30s, a little worse.
The sounds are wonderfully organic, the hip bass dominates, the drum and guitar sounds are just and almost and the cy symbals have even been left a little behind in the mix. Yes, there's just something special about it when Fender's jazz bass with his fingers like Steve Harris...
The album begins with an instrumental intro and even ends with a song that's like Ironbound's own Genghis Khan, Losfer Words and The Ides Of March all on one cover. This unashamed ape very rarely manages anything other than annoyance, and Even The Lightbringer, in all its irony, would cause me, at most, a finely irony (punintended) hymn if it weren't so good.
Now you just have to listen to it in a broad grin, over and over again.
P.S., what's newer accept, you ask. Well, the fact that a couple of songs (Witch Hunt, Light Up the Skies) are riffed differently on Maiden in a teutonously straightforward way. It is precisely the 5 % straightforwardness that causes me not to talk about Ironbound in the same half-irritated tone as, say, the Portuguese Maiden clones, the Attick Demons. - Empire
Album: "The Lighbringer"
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Label: Ossuary Records
Premiere: April 30th 2021
FFO: Midnight Dice, Traveler, Iron Flame
If there was any chance for a NWOBHM-inspired band to come into life in the heart of Polish Silesia, then it happened in 2014 in Rybnik. Three friends, one goal: heavy metal. Zbigniew, Adam and Krzysztof took the prosperous guitarist, Michał, under their wings and formed IRONBOUND. After recruiting Bartosz to take over vocal duties they record their first EP – „She Devil”. They started to follow this direction, even though Bartosz decided to exit the speedy train not long after releasing the EP. However, on their adventure course the band members were quickly approached by Łukasz and the and became stronger than ever with the new lead singer. „The Witch Hunt / Lifesblood” single from 2018 was a harbinger of what a band was going to deliver – their first full album „The Lightbringer” will have its premiere on April 30th 2021 and it’s sure to assuage the hunger of every metal maniac craving for some good, oldschool NWOBHM vibes.
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Łukasz Krauze – vocals
Michał Halamoda – guitars
Krzysztof Całka – guitar
Zbigniew Bizoń – bass
Adam Całka - drums
Produced by Ironbound
Mix & master by Daniel Arendarski
Cover art by Mariusz Gandzel
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