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A very enjoyable listen for all Metal fans.

Originally formed in Bologna, Italy back in 1982, Crying Steel are back with only their third full album. Their first (and indeed the first ever Italian Metal record to be released) was 1987's 'On The Prowl'. The band split in 1992 and then reformed again in 2003 releasing their second album 'The Steel Is Back' four years later. A further six years passed and the band has now released their third, the wonderfully titled 'Time Stands Steel'.

CS's brand of music is a mixture of classic eighties Heavy Metal and Heavy Melodic Rock. Nothing very ground breaking, however, a pleasurable listen nonetheless. I do especially like the big multi-vocal choruses even if they are a tad repetitive at times.

The album kicks off, by going straight for the throat, with the Priest-like 'Defender' and keeps up the foot full down on the throttle for the next fifty-four minutes, with not a single ballad in sight. The twin-pronged attack of guitarists Max Magagni and Franco Nipoti serve up some excellent Judas Priest/Accept-like riffs and the two trade licks throughout. The rhythm section of drummer Luca Ferri and bassist Angelo Franchini power their way through the twelve tracks.

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'Shutdown', 'Looking@' and 'Rockin' Train' are Metal standards very reminiscent of the aforementioned Priest and Accept. 'Heavens Of Rock' starts with a bizarre opening with a lady answering a phone with, "Heaven's Of Rock, can I help you?" This song drifts slightly away from the straight ahead Metal into Hard Melodic territory a la Gotthard. 'Crying Steel' is pure Power Metal with a crunching riff in the vein of Priest's 'Painkiller'. 'Metal Way' tips its hat to Accept and 'Starline' is superb, in-your-face Metal with another of those repetitive choruses. The intro to 'Riding' slows things down a little before kicking into a high-tempo Melodic Rock track. 'No Slip' almost falls into Speed Metal whereas 'Black Eve' is very reminiscent of Dokken. The album concludes with the Melodic Metal of 'Beverly Kills'.

The production by Giuliano Mazzardi and mix by Luca "Lucalui" Gomedi make 'Time Stands Steel' an enjoyable album to repeatedly listen to.

A footnote, since recording the album the lead singer Stefano Palmonari has been replaced with ex Hallow Haze vocalist, Ramon Sonato.

As stated, nothing new on offer but still a very enjoyable listen for all Metal fans!

Mark Donnelly

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