Stagewar – ‘Killing Fast’

Stagewar was founded in 2003.  Known for their exuberance and commitment to the sound of true metal, Stagewar liken themselves to ‘a monster truck, running over the other traffic in a traffic jam’.  

The first demo, ‘Tools Of Power’, was released in 2003.  During Emergenza, they won first place in the Hessian finals 2004.  The second demo, ‘Dead Or Alive’, followed.  From 2006-2008, ‘Pressure’, ‘Living On Trash’ and ‘Uncle Jack’ were launched.  Their first album, ‘Living On Trash’, launched in 2010.

In 2011, their sixth demo, ‘Turbo Thrash Party’, was released.  In 2012, they began working on ‘Killing Fast’, their second studio album.  Their first European tour also took place during that year.  The second European tour, in 2013/2014 was focused on the new album, produced in 2015/16.  Their first professional music video for the track ‘Isolated’, came out in 2016 and Bellaphon Records released the next album.

Living Hell – Fucking Hell, that woke me up!  That’s just about the loudest, most banging intro ever.  It continues down the same track, with crazed riffs, anthemic party metal vocals and heavy as steel drums, beating the life out of the atmosphere.  That’s what you call a metal intro.

Trapped In Life – Just as enthused, with more cymbal action, more melody and more metal mayhem.  Instant love.  Catchy hooks, memorable rhythm, energised vocals, this is just fun, with a capital ‘F’.  Aw it’s over!  Too soon and I want more.

No Place To Go – Proper explosive drum intro there!  Got to love those bloody brilliantly rhythmic sexy riffs and the general feeling of sheer excitement and metal bliss.  Reminds me of Anthrax’s ‘Antisocial’.  Join in and bang your head.

Isolated – Another crazy, electric fuelled ride through metal terrain.  Packed with fun time riffs, driving beats and uplifting tones – it does the trick in no time.

Multiple Murder Death Killer – Right in there, no holds barred, giving it both barrels.  More of that Anthrax sound, this will transport you back to ‘Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t’.  Mosh pit stuff in spades.  Red hot flames of furious riffs, unforgettable vibrancy and just, altogether awesome.  Slight sense of Ozzy’s ‘Soul Sucker’ in there too.

The Song I Wrote For You – Racing down the driveway, into the pit, you’ll get right into the beat immediately.  So catchy it just hits the spot.  There’s that gorgeously anthemic metal sound again that just delights, without any space for doubt.  Blistering, pounding riffs, drum hits and red hot vocals, that reel you in at first listen.  The only down side is it’s just too short!

My Place My Rules – Oh yeah, that’s how to intro a thrash power metal track).  OMG those riffs gets sexier, faster, more intense and totally orgasmic.  You’ll want this to go on forever.

No Fucks Given – A sheer, mountainous volley of drums, to beat down and blast through the walls, this is blazing fury of the most metallic nature.  A magical, angry romp through the land of metal.

Still Alive – Boom!  That’s the way to do it and that’s the metal message in here for all to see.  You can hear a groove rock thread in here, so reminiscent of Def Leppard’s ‘Wasted’, it’s like a deep-rooted groove connection, being pulled up from the roots.  Unrelenting metal pressure.  Just magic.

Waste Of Time – A much gentler acoustic intro, in a ‘Planet Caravan’ style, initially, before blasting right into another joyful, lively demo of truly powerful metal.  You’re gonna love some of the fabulously entwined twiddly paradiddles in here.  A great breathy, roomy, whispered drum section, pulled off with such immense, masterful skill, it’s an absolute thrill.  Closing with some ace, enthused riffage and soaringly confident vocals, it’s got buzz factor written all over it.

Inside Your Head – Beautifully done swooping intro, like the wings of an eagle in flight, with an enormously strong metal soundtrack, this one’s got determinedly careful, intricately timed instrumentals, with gritty heaviness and gentle, wave like sections – a combo which works well, in this case.  It’s got an appeal about it which holds your attention and keeps it.

Crash Course – Straight in there, with a bang and a crashing collision of metal well worthy of its title.  Slower pace, towards the end, till the frenetic riffs which close the track.  There’s a haunting power in ‘Crash Course’.

Killing Fast – Louder than hell, the drums take centre stage in this astoundingly heavy title track, demanding attention and giving it all to the end.  Lovely escapist riffs 3/4 of the way in, dragging you into another land.  Ending on one of the sexiest, most classic closing riffs you’ll ever hear.

Overall – Magnificent metal magic.  The stuff of your sexiest, most thoroughly metallic dreams lives here.  Stagewar’s own ‘monstertruck’ rampage reference is actually spot on.  ‘Killing Fast’ lives up to every word and then some.  Monstrously delightful.

10/10 **********

For fans of Reign of Fury, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and all the best power speed thrash metal on the planet. 

www.facebook.com/stagewar 

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