Label:High Roller Records
Those Swedes from Gothenburg have been around for almost a decade, however their moves are characterized by maturity, despite the fact that their young at age. They were formed in 2009 and took them 2 years to record the (very good) demo “Danger Ahead”, which prepared us for their strong debut release “Night Of The Axe” next year/ While many rushed to say that the band will get lost amidst the huge lot of the bands their country and Central Europe have given birth to, Aid Raid managed to emerge and in 2014 they released their second full length album “Point Of Impact”, which was embrace by both Press and fans. The label NWOTHM that has been attached to them is utterly restraining due to the carelessness to bundle way to different bands under this moniker, usually disparagingly… The maturity I mentioned before was justified during 2014 – 2017 for Air Raid. Guitarist’s Johan Kalsson’s leaving was overcome with the addition of Magnus Mild, while frontman’s Arthur’s leaving for the exact same reasons as Karl (lack of ambitions, focusing on family, and disappointment by the band’s career) we thought that it would lower the rest of the members’ esteem, however nothing like this happen. With the new vocalist Fredrik Werner the band was totally refreshed and with the 2/5 altered, Air Raid started composing the new album with a lot of boldness. Focusing more on guitar issues, they loaded the songs with a lot of solos that over the 80’s traditional Heavy Metal forms that have a tendency toward the new classic, they almost sound like power metal I would say (with the mid-1980s sense of term and not in the ’90’s europower kangaroos). Rifs are extraordinary and guitars generally steal the performance in this well-written album in such a way that the listener’s interest is kept undisturbed throughout the songs. There is a natural flow when listening to the album, with the rhythm section to tone up discreetly, while Werner sings with confidence knowing that he is part of a record that even though he does not have the first say however he is just as prominent and important as the guitar duo. At many times they reminded me of Europe’s debut, while this happened with the guitars as well reminding me of ‘Bark At The Moon’. Their talents are not limited to the delivery part, because as composers they are able to write diamonds that travel to you in the legendary 80s without becoming retro. ‘Northern Lights’ is pulled out of action video soundtracks, ‘Line Of Danger’ is dynamic and melodic, ‘Raid Or Die’ is a piece with nice refrain and tons of solos, ‘Hold The Flame’ is fast and catchy, ‘Aiming For The Sky’ is too power-ish for my tastes but (just as) good, in ‘Cold As Ice’, the simple lyrics on the chorus don’t prevent the beautiful song from unfolding, ‘Entering The Zone Zero’ has hellish seminar – like guitars, “Hell And Back” is easy, while the album closes with an absolute killer track entitled “Black Dawn” in the spirit of Dokken. With a positive eye, I saw the back of my physical copy, a version of Gary Moore’s ‘Victims Of The Future’ (1983). An indication of honor and respect in a ‘sweet’ way towards one of the real heroes of hard music.