Sunday, September 17, 2017

speed metal from Germany: Stallion

Stallion plays speed metal like the heroes of heavy metal and with flying solos. They have been around for some four years and they are already on their second album. They recorded some demos early on, but now on the latest album they bring the classic speed to heavy metal in a more serious and experienced way. So, what is speed metal in 2017? Well, how about checking out Stallion and see how you like it?
--MMB
Stallion
From The Dead
Label: High Roller Records
Release date: 30.06.2017
Distribution: Soulfood
OFFICIAL: The future looks bright for Stallion. They are one of the most promising up and coming traditional heavy metal bands from Germany. The first pressing of the 2014 re-issue of their debut mini-album »Mounting The World« (initially self-released in 2013) via High Roller Records sold out in no time. No wonder that they took the prestigious Keep It True festival by storm. With 2014’s »Rise And Ride« longplayer Stallion carried on where they have left off with »Mounting The World«. With their second album »From The Dead« it’s now time to show their fans that Stallion are willing to progress without leaving the path of traditional heavy metal... And songs such as “Waiting For A Sign”, “Awaken The Night” and “Underground Society” show exactly this. Vocalist Paul, coming across on »From The Dead« as a cross between Cirith Ungol’s Tim Baker and Klaus Thiel of Germany’s Bullet, explains: “We took our time to work on the songs for the new album. We did not rush things for »From The Dead«. That’s maybe the biggest difference between our first and our second album. The songs evolved over time, and they changed as well. Some quite dramatically so. In addition to that it was more of a group effort this time around. Everybody in the band was involved a lot more in the actual songwriting process.” So it is quite safe to say that overall »From The Dead« is a more mature album in comparison to »Rise And Ride«. There is no reason for Paul to disagree: “That’ for sure, yes. You could say that. With the mini-album, and »Rise And Ride« as well, we had nothing to lose. It was our aim to have a vinyl out and we did not care at all what the scene was thinking about it. I have to stress that this has not really changed with the new album. We still make the music we like. But of course our own quality control has become a lot stricter. So all in all, »From The Dead« might as well be considered a more ‘grown up’ album at the end of the day.” "From the Dead" was completely recorded by Stallion themselves and mixed by their guitar player Äxxl. He took care of everything in this process. For this reason it took a bit longer to bring out the record but therefore the album got its own authentic Stallion sound.
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