ILIUM Permian Dusk Steelheart STH 0517 (2005)
A rumpty rumpty tum, flags waving, horses galloping, muskets blasting, up the hammers, yodel-o-yey traditional metal romp of an album.
Hailing from Newcastle (Australia, not Brown Ale) if I tell you that they contributed a cover of a Dio song to an album called "A Tribute To The Glory of '80's Metal", then you really don't need to read any further, simply take yourself off to that there interweb thing and hunt yourself down a copy.
Yes it's deriviative, yes it might have Steve Harris asking for his riffs back, yes it might have a song called "Chloroform Divinity" (one for my acquantance, David, methinks), but it's all done with style, verve, enthusiasm and talent. And to be fair most of the actual bands from the 80s still chundering along, are pretty poor.
Actually, said "Chloroform Divinity" is one of the highlights here, with only "Dark Breed" topping it for sheer Manowarian madness, a song of earthworms, reapers and banshees! A word of commendation for the album presentation as well, as the presentation is stunning.
This is thoroughly enjoyable, tremendous fun, and will have you slapping that studded wristband on and punching the air with pleasure!
Review by Stuart A.Hamilton