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Ambush - Firestorm

Label: High Roller
Format: CD download
Released: 2014
Reviewed By: Mark Gromen
Rating: 7.5/ 10

Another in a fine line of Swedish traditional sounding heavy metal bands, this nine song debut kicks off with the title track, owing much to late 70s/early 80s Judas Priest, down to the piercing yelps. The band's signature tune follows, walking the thin line between 80s pop metal and Accept guitars (none better than ‘Heading East’). High pitched vocals are the name of the game in ‘Hellbound’, a Sunset Strip party anthem with guitars to spare. A double bass drum driven ‘Don't Shoot (Let 'Em Burn)’ raised the stakes to proto-thrash speed, while a mid-tempo ‘Molotov Cocktail’ chugs along on cannonading drums and prominent bass line, albeit with omnipresent high voice, reminiscent of Stryper's Michael Sweet.


Owing much to late 70s Kiss, the disc closes with video/single ‘Natural Born Killers’. Look online for the promotional clip, which is nearly as violent as the movie it lifted the title from: where a military outfitted gent bludgeons a long-haired rocker with a hammer, stabs him with a hefty knife and lights him on fire in a bathroom stall. Not your typical MTV love song! A fine introduction, just a little more seasoning to join the big leagues.

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