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Militia - Strength And Honor - Self-released/independent - 2012 [ CD ]
1. A Call To Arms
3. The Judas Dream
4. Before The Fall
6. And The Gods Made War
9. The Black Marauders
10. Unveil The Faith
11. We Need A New Enemy
Lineup: Robert Willingham - Bass Phil Achee Drums Jesse Villegas - Guitars Tony Smith - Guitars Mike Soliz - Vocals
Austin's Power / speed Metal master's are back with an album that reflects their legend the best possible way. They could not have found a most suitable way for this skull crashing masterpiece: "Strength And Honor" is the album's title and it will take you by storm.
To me it is a very important fact when a re united band form the past, works hard to produce and offer NEW music to the fans and NOT just going over their classics again and again -in both studio and live cases-, we love the classes but as long as a specific band decided to return back in action it is obvious that we got high expectations for new stuff.
Militia with this record not only prove that they have returned for good but they scream that they here to stay, ready to deliver some absolutely great Steel. The album consists of 10 tracks plus an intro. What you will notice even from the very first listening of the record is that this band is capable of delivering some destructive riffing. So yes the classic Militia riffs are still here. I know that you agree: the riffing of this band was / is one of their most characteristic features. What comes next? Yes yes I know the answer. Mike Soliz vocals: the ultimate trademark in Militia. Well I got to inform you that Mike still screams his guts out. So don't worry the golden recipe still exists riffing plus vocals = Militia Texas steel at its best.
Focus a little more to the record and you will discover some fantastic lead parts and a killer rhythm section. So it seems that everything is put in the correct order the way we like it, the Militia way. To tell you the truth the most important feature of this record is this: It may have been recorded and released in 2012 but when I am listening to it I feel like I am back in 1986 or something. This is fantastic!
There is no doubt. The flame is still there on Militia. By this album they have made it clear that they are back for good. The next step belongs to us now: We got to support this band by ordering this album as it it is self financed. The lack of such support was the key reason for many bands to split back on the days of their original existence. Well now it's the chance for all of us to prove that we love and support Militia for their music and not because they have became a cult band that released a -now- ultra rare- EP back in 1986. So support in any possible way. This is real Steel. Nothing more, nothing less.
Review by: Countraven
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