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Lancer Lancer CD Review

LANCER

LANCER

DOOLITTLE GROUP

2013

 

OLD SCHOOL THE WAY WE LIKE IT

 

When you hear the opening notes to ‘Purple Sky’ by Lancer you pretty much know what you are to expect from the rest of the album: this is fast, enthusiastic and well-written homage to bands like classic-era Iron Maiden. It’s not original, pushes no envelopes or boats out, but it is a pretty enjoyable listen. In fact I’d be prepared to go out on a limb and say that if melodic metal with a distinct old-school flavour is your thing you will love this.

 


Lancer is a young band from Sweden who obviously has a love for what they do and I’m told have a great live show  and with a debut like this (out now on Swedish label in Europe) they have every right to think they will be making some Power metal waves soon.

 


So everything seems to check out so far and songs like ‘The Exiled’ and ‘Young’ tick the right boxes as far as musicianship goes. Their real appeal though for me at least is that they do harken back to simpler times in the early eighties where metal was still young and slightly dumb (which was just how we liked it). Add to that with a slightly greater emphasis on melody and you get some soaring choruses.

 


With incredible production and some wonderful Malmsteen-esque guitars and vocals that are at times pure Bruce, but otherwise remind me of Helloween’s Michael Kiske there’s a lot to like about Lancer and songs like ‘Seventh Angel’ and closing track ‘Between the Devil and the Deep’ mix the template up a bit.

 


Lancer even has a mascot too, and if anything that is the only slight concern – like Riot before them who had a man in tights with the head of a seal, Lancer has that well-known Swedish native – the battle ostrich! Thankfully with music like this we can forgive the visuals.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

LANCER CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013