Year : 2018
Style : Heavy Metal
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 132 mb
Southampton's Toledo Steel have been conquering stages across the UK and Europe since 2011 with their own style of 80s influenced high energy heavy metal and have proved themselves to be one of the UK's leading forces in the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal.The band recorded a strong demo in 2012, but it was the release of their self-titled EP in 2013 that, along with countless gigs and festival appearances, pushed Toledo Steel into the spotlight and won over audiences, listeners and reviewers across the world. The band then entered the studio again to record their widely praised second EP “Zero Hour” which has sold nearly 1,000 copies since it's independent release in 2015.Following “Zero Hour”, Toledo Steel spent the next two years performing further across Europe while continuing to write new material and in 2017, the song “Rock Nights” was released on the the “British Steel” compilation album. The band have since signed with Dissonance Productions to release their highly anticipated debut album “No Quarter” in May 2018, marking the beginning of the next chapter for Toledo Steel.
Solidly promising full-length debut...It’s impossible to ignore the current crop of top-notch British trad metal bands on the march. Scene leaders Monument and Primitai both have albums ready for release in the very near future, but (much) more of them will doubtless be heard later. For now let’s concentrate on Southampton natives Toledo Steel, whoearly next month release their debut full-length offering, No Quarter.As with all trad metal being released in 2018 you know what you’ll be getting from this band long in advance of actually opening the seal on the album. The trick for the musician is to provide some, any, point of difference to make their band stand out from the crowd. And in this case Toledo Steel aren’t entirely successful.That’s not to say that No Quarter isn’t a listenable album, because it is. But if you put this up against someone like French act Existance, who operate in roughly the same territory, and have been doing so for more or less the same amount of time, there’s a wide gulf in what the two bands actually bring to the table. I’d happily listen to both, but at the moment Toledo Steel are just a little bit behind in terms of songcraft and the generation of raw, hairs-stand-up-on-the-back-of-the-neck excitement generation.The basic template here is a sort of Killers- type sound overall – there’s some lovely bass clank going on at the start of Visions in the Fire that’s purely Harrisesque – overlain with the vocals of Rich Rutter that veer between the Brit roar of Monument’s Pete Ellis and a more American sound (Crimson Glory’s Midnight comes to mind more than once over the album’s duration, particularly on the afore-mentioned Visions…). It’s dependable, it’ll have you punching the air enthusiastically along to the chugging Rock Nights, it’ll test your neck muscles as you get involved with the excellent Sight of the Sniper. Tom Potter and Josh Haysom are a great guitar partnership in the best Brit metal tradition, but there’s just something missing here, a metal x-factor that keeps the material from truly igniting.All that said, I wouldn’t want to discourage you from giving the material a good listen, or from investing a few units of whatever currency you deal in on the band. Bands like Toledo Steel are the lifeblood of our kind of music, and given time I’m sure will develop into true banner wavers for British heavy metal. This may not be completely my cup of tea, but more power to ‘em I say!
Rich Rutter - Vocals
Matt Dobson - Drums, Vocals (backing) - See also: ex-Gasoline Alley
Josh Haysom - Lead guitar
Tom Potter - Guitars (2013-present) - See also: ex-A Critical Mass, ex-Driveby Shark
01. Behold the Machine
02. No Quarter
03. Cemetery Lake
04. Visions in the Fire
05. Sight of the Sniper
06. Rock Nights
07. Heavy Metal Headache
08. When the Night Draws In
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