Seven years have passed since MARAUDER’s last album. Since then, many things have changed, the world has turned upside down, lockdowns and spreading diseases have come and gone, economy has been downgraded, bands that came out from the retro movement swift towards more melodic/catchy forms and the music industry has somehow changed. Well not exactly everything, since MARAUDER (apart from the line-up) stubbornly keep on producing quality heavy metal, as if they were the last band on earth.
Yes, my friends, MARAUDER, continue delivering uncompromising heavy metal, and of course their new album “Metal Constructions VII” is no exception. The addition of Tasos Ks on the vocals and Nick Samios on the devastating drums, boosted the twin guitarwork of G.Sofronas/A.Tsaousis and of course the solid basslines of mister T.Paralis. And the outcome couldn’t have been better.
From the first glimpse of the cover art, one should know what to expect. MARAUDER, for one more time deliver an overdose of classic heavy/power metal, with every cliché of its kind: spine-wrecking rhythmics, rapid leads and ear-crushing vocals. Τhe band shows, again, a sincere love and respect for their influences: DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT, SCORPIONS, GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD, TWISTED SISTER. Εvery legend of hard rock/heavy metal is somewhere in this album, from the soaring “Strike back again” to the solid “Nightfall” and from the melodic “Holy bible” to the epic “The son of God”.
Tasos K. and Nick Samios have managed to match successfully with the rest of the band. Especially Tasos K., since handling the vocals is not an easy job. Not only he manages to maintain his identity as a veteran vocalist, but also sounds as if he has always been with MARAUDER. He delivers the band’s trademark anthemic choruses with ease. As far as Sofronas/Tsaousis and Paralis, I won’t be exaggerating if I said that they are the Greek equivalent of Dowing/Tipton or Hoffman/Frank. And should you think that I am telling nonsense, listen to “Shout it out”, “Under her spell” or “Erase” and think again.
If you are familiar with pro wrestling, then you must know Dasty Rhodes “The American Dream”. And if I could compare MARAUDER with a wrestler that would be Dasty: plain, simple, not fancy, yet somehow breeds a feeling of familiarity. MARAUDER are not for those who seek strange and occult song lyrics, deeper meanings, flashy photos and abstract cover art. MARAUDER are for the common man, for those whom METAL IS ENOUGH!
Check the discussion about the album on our forum pages.
Here is the first single on our radio show.