Genre: Heavy Metal
A 50% of ‘Defenders of the Faith’ syndrome and a 50% of generic elements can create something enjoyable and worth spend money for? Carlos Gutierrez on guitar and vocals, Jonathan Rubio on guitars, Jay Vasquez also on guitars, Kelsey Wilson on bass and Peter Lemieux on drums, under the moniker Blade Killer, says fuck yes and their debut entitled ‘High Risk’ is here to prove their sayings. If you are into the N.W.O.T.H.M. bands like Cauldron, Midnight Priest, White Wizzard, Steelwing, Skullfist, Sign Of The Jackal and many many more and the revival movement of the retro sound approaching there’s a new band to add to you fav list. Blade Killer are coming from Los Angeles and they blend N.W.O.B.H.M. and an early eighties inspired sound with influences from Paul Di’anno era Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Tokyo Blade. Their lyrics and song titles are a kind of a tribute to their heroes and while their aesthetic is awesome as their cover artwork reveals, still they have a long road if they want to be a part of the elite. Their singer has the guts but lacks of originality and vocal range. Plus I think it reminds me a lot of many other singers from the aforementioned groups above from the past decade. Still I know many friends out-there that are in love with this sound and honestly ‘High Risk’ is a nice effort showing skills and potential from the band (that are together almost 6 years except their drummer that joined forces in 2017), but nothing that would blow my mind. I have to mention that their producer is Olof Wikstrand from Enforcer that managed to capture the 80’s feeling.