Completely Neglected Classic
Mark D. Neuhoff | Chicagoland, Illinois | 03/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Spartan Warrior took me by surprise with this hidden masterpiece of the NWOBHM. The band, in comparison to their guitar-focused comrades, are very bass-centric, structuring their songs around heavy bass-grooves that make them quite unique -- even amongst a music movement of uniqueness! Almost all of the songs are memorable, and all of them are fast-attacking and feature amazing guitar riffs -- plus the aforementioned bass grooves.
This album suffers from that weird "recorded in a tin can" sound, meaning that it sounds a little thin and quite metallic. In fact, the drums almost sound like a person clapping! This makes it, shockingly, very catchy! It might, then, even be a coincidence that this album sounds as good as it does, but man does it sound fantastic! If you are the type of metalhead who likes to actually hear the bass in the songs you are listening too... who enjoys killer guitar riffage and raw vocals, then Spartan Warrior has created the perfect album for you.
If I were to compare Spartan Warrior to another band... I would have difficulty. I would say that the instrumentals (with the exception of the bass) sound like Judas Priest, and the vocalist is really quite unique. I'm quite shocked that Spartan Warrior aren't more lauded for this album, they really do some groundbreaking stuff here! It is at least worth your time to check out!"