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Lockdown

   
       
       
       
     
             
Evil Hunter are a heavy metal band from Spain formed in 2017, releasing their self titled album the following year. The bands sophomore album 'Lockdown' was released in 2021.    
             
Featuring eight songs in a little under forty minutes, Evil Hunter scorch the Earth with a blend of traditional, and power metal fury. The bands new album is quick to get into its stride with 'Guardian Angel' setting the album alight with a thundering fast pace. The traditional metal gallop shows its mettle, and 'Lockdown' is well and truly underway. 'You'll Never Walk Alone' adopts a more mid tempo pace, yet thunders just as heavily as the album opener. And the vocal snarl, scowl and rasp of the bands lead singer Damian Chicano is full of grit and aggression - giving the songs a little flavour of thrash.    
             
Pace quickens with the introduction of 'Get Up' - a much more anthemic styled romp, still maintaining the albums overall traditional come power metal feel. Very much driven by the power and pace of eighties heavy metal, Evil Hunter include modern day touches so as not to sound too "old school". And the pace quickens yet again for the power metaller 'Burning In Flames', giving the head bangers of the world more reasons to furiously bang their heads. As if they'd need more reasons - the album has been head bang-able since it began! Adopting a mid tempo pace once again, the album moves into the most melodious sound heard so far, courtesy of the hard rocking 'Fear Them All' - and its highly sing a long-able chorus. This is gonna be a great crowd participation moment for an in concert sing a long - come on everyone "fear them all, read their eyes, they need souls, you can't rely".    
             
And now the fastest song on the album explodes into life - 'Beyond The Dark' a thundering high velocity rampage. Traditional, power and speed metal all collide with an almighty bang, with fireworks going off left right and centre. 'Locked Down' (presumably the albums title song) moves away from all the thunder that has gone before, adopting a more mellow, ahem, ballad feel. So raise your lighters high and salute an emotionally driven power ballad - for its first two minutes at least! For 'Locked Down' changes pace, bringing back the thunder, charging forth with a purpose and intent. Very sly Evil Hunter, very sly. The album is brought to a close with an anthemic feel courtesy of the mid tempo 'Blown With The Wind'. The rabble rousing call to arms feel of bands such as Saxon, Sabaton and Manowar rises high, to end what has been a very good album.    
             
Overall, a glorious traditional come power metal gallop, Evil Hunter excites and delights with their second album.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV    
             
Review is also featured at Metal-Roos    
             
             
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