This album from Leicester power trio Skam is sure to please aficionados of 80s rock and metal. With song titles like ‘Soldiers Of Rock’, ‘Dead From The Waist Down’ and ‘The Touch Of Death’, the boys aren’t exactly shying away from their heavy metal heritage, and nor should they.
What you’ve got here is 10 tracks of unapologetically muscular rock that, while maybe uncool to the NME crowd, deserves to be heard by a much wider audience. The intro to album opener ‘Soldiers Of Rock’ has echoes of Priest and Dio, before the guys kick into a chugging groove with a contemporary edge. The musicianship is topnotch throughout, especially Ray Peverill’s frantic drumming and the tasty guitar work from Steve Hill.
Bassist Matthew Gilmore keeps things tight and solid, but gets to step out on the intro to ‘Massacre’ with a meandering bass-line that would make Geezer Butler proud. There’s no filler here, just a great album from start to finish that should appeal to any fans of melodic hard rock.