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'Stand In The Fire'
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Johnny Main

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Striker were formed in Edmonton, Canada back in 2007 and were hell bent on bringing eighties Thrash Metal back to prominence with high profile tours alongside Raven, Sodom and others. 'Stand In The Fire', following up from 2014s outstanding 'City of Gold' opus and it seems like the band have hit the jackpot once again with another album packed full of potential anthems.

Coming in at just a shade under forty five minutes in length there's no let up in any of the eleven tracks presented here, and it shows that not only is Thrash Metal alive and well, but its future is in good hand with Striker.

'Out for Blood' has some really great guitar work from Timothy Brown who takes charge of both the lead and rhythm guitar work on the album, and does so exceptionally well. This guy knows how to keep the listener entertained with his rhythm and solos and provides a timely reminder to some of the older bands that the longer the song doesn't necessarily mean the better it is!

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'Too Late' on the other hand is more of a mid-paced number in comparison to some of the others here, but it still moves along at a fair pace. The long instrumental intro gives front man Dan Cleary a rest but when the vocals do eventually come in, it's a much more restrained performance that some of the other tracks. Certainly one of his most sincere performances it showcases a different side to him and his talents without looking out of place on the album.

'Stand In The Fire' is the bombastic title track with the razor sharp guitar riff from Brown whilst Cleary shows his skill as he holds some of the longer notes without wavering one iota. Brown's guitar solo is left towards the end of the song and is a real master class as it swoops in at the start before the fast and furious but expertly executed solo twists and turns as the song draws to a close.

'Escape From Shred City' is an unexpected but thoroughly entertaining instrumental track. Coming in a around the three minute mark it really shows how much talent Brown has as he goes through solo section after solo section without having to worry about paring it back for the vocals. Let's not forget drummer Adam Brown (Timothy's younger brother) either who provides the backbone to the number in his solid and dependable style – overall, it's a real gem hidden away in the middle.

'Outlaw' kicks off with a solid rhythm guitar riff whilst Adam Brown seems to beat his drum kit into submission whilst Cleary gives his voice another work out. The backing vocals give the chorus a bit of extra depth, but this song is all about Timothy Brown's guitar which deftly goes from one solo section to the next leaving no room to breathe. A fantastic performance that absolutely makes this track a favourite for me.

Of course the band are much more than fast solos and thundering drums as they prove with album closer, 'One Life'. It's a much more sedate number with a slow paced start featuring simple guitar, voice and drums before the acoustic guitar riff comes to the fore. This ain't no soppy ballad but is instead a mature tune that shows Cleary's softer side. Adam Brown plays a simple beat to that never tries to over-power the track whilst Cleary's voice remains the centre of attention along with the backing vocals giving the chorus extra depth, bringing a classy end to a great album.

You can see Striker live here:
Friday 29th April – Logan's Pub, Victoria
Saturday 30th April – The Media ClubVancouver
Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th May – Electric Eye Music Festival, Lethbridge
Friday 13th May – Bossanova Ballroom, Portland
Saturday 14th May – The Shredder, Boise
Sunday 15th May – Metro Bar, Salt Lake City
Monday 16th May – Pb&j's, Reno
Tuesday 17th May – Slide Bar, Fullerton
Wednesday 18th May – Rogue Bar, Scottsdale
Thursday 19th May – Mesa Music Hall, El Paso
Friday 20th May – The Korova, San Antonio
Saturday 21st May – Satellite BarHouston
Monday 23rd May – Bombshell's Tavern, Orlando
Tuesday 24th May – 529, Atlanta
Wednesday 25th May –Backstage Café, Covington
Friday 27th May – Reggie's, Chicago
Sunday 29th May – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines
Monday 30th May – TheVenue, Dubuque
Tuesday 31st May – Lookout Lounge (formerly the Hideout), Omaha
Wednesday 1st June – Sunshine Studios Live, Colorado Springs
Thursday 2nd June – Sculley's Shooters, North Platte
Saturday 4th June – Railyard Ale House, Billings
Monday 6th June – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis

'Stand In The Fire' Track Listing:
Phoenix Lights
Out For Blood
Too Late
Stand In The Fire
The Iron Never Lies
Escape From Shred City
Locked In
Better Times
One Life

Striker are:
Dan Cleary – Vocals
Timothy Brown – Guitar
William Wallace – Bass Guitar
Adam Brown – Drums

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