Strike Hard

Label: Pitch Black Records
Three similar bands: Deadlyforce/Iron Maiden/The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Fight
02. Die For You
03. Son Of The Damned
04. The Reaper
05. Finest Hour
06. Don’t Look In Her Eyes
07. I Feel Your Pain
08. War Games
09. Band Of Brothers
10. The War Inside
11. Faith Healer

Flávio Lino - vocals
Chop Pitman - guitar
Tony Hatton - bass
Doug Sampson - drums

Judgement Day (2016)

Ivan Giannini - vocals
Paul Di’Anno - vocals


Released 2020-09-04
Reviewed 2020-02-13

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Here comes the Airforce and they strike hard, or at least that is what they want you to think. The British quartet brings in heavy artillery with Paul Di’Anno and Ivan Gianni doing some guest voices on some of the eleven tracks that we get on this album. They are a band of the heavy metal variety, and they don’t really offer much fresh idea when it comes to music, or to graphics, everything seems to be a little bit on the older side.

Classic heavy metal of the standard kind, sort of like something that was frozen in the early eighties and then revived today, it sounds old but with a somewhat more modern production. One can hardly claim that they offer any fresh ideas, or fresh thinking, or novelty, or originality, a band that does the same as any other band within the heavy metal genre, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and many other band names that can be listed as heavy metallers. The production is ordinary for this kind of music, and there isn’t much variation on this album, not much depth either, not much of an airstrike.

I guess you could call this a decent album, it is not bad but being not bad is the best thing about this album, and that is never a good thing. I actually think that this is a pretty boring album, it has no outstanding songs and as you either need fresh and novel ideas or great songs, this doesn’t really hold up at all. There are better heavy metal albums, and there are more original ideas out there. The album feels long, not like a hard strike and it doesn’t really strike hard – not at all.

If you like the generic heavy metal stuff, this could be something for you. But I don’t think it is an album that will have much appeal, this has been done to death already and most normal music fans will find this album to be too uninteresting as it doesn’t offer anything we haven’t heard before. You have to like repetition and stagnation to find this one interesting, I find that it has very little that appeals to me – the best thing about it is that it isn’t a terrible album, too bad it wasn’t terrific.