Though they started in 2014, Polish heavy metal newcomers Ironbound have released their debut LP this year. It's not a bad start; I'm not smitten with Lukasz Krauze's voice, which is a trifle thin, but the band can definitely knock out some decent NWOBHM-style songs.
After the intro, Witch Hunt is the first track, a high-speed hammerer that sets a good pace for the rest of the album. The guitars are gruff and heavy on the overdrive, and the band is happy to shred solos rather than merely concentrating on the riffs -- Children Left By God is especially indulgent. The band's late Maiden template, with the bass front and center and plenty of guitar galloping, certainly isn't the worst approach here.
The biggest flaw? Krauze is no Bruce Dickinson. His vocals are thin and a little nasal; any part of a song that relies on him to belt out a chorus gets a let-down fast. Songs like The Turn of the Tide, which would otherwise be as lugubrious as any post-Bruce song in the catalog of Ironbound's biggest influence, are saved from mediocrity by their fine dual-guitar work. The band's musicianship makes up for the heavy reliance on their predecessors; though we know where we've heard this kind of thing before by the time Beyond the Horizon, an instrumental that is the last song on the album, starts up, it's brilliantly executed and shows off Michal Halamoda and Krzysztof Calka's substantial guitar chops. Ironbound doesn't really have a voice of its own yet, it's clear, but their technical abilities are promising. - MetalReviews.com
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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