Formed early 2008, in Vienna, by Rainer Hollenberger and Martin Zahedi, to pay homage to their musical backgrounds. By mixing speed and thrash, with melodic metal, with an old school 80’s sound, they built their own unique sounds. Their work is lyrically diverse and their reputation has earned them opportunities to play a multitude of home based shows, alongside bands such as: Exodus, Heathen, Destruction, Gama Bomb, Tim Ripper Owens, Steelwing, Skull Fist, Warbeast and Ektomorf. Their debut album, ‘United Desperation’, launched on 19th May 2012, is still available to buy.
The Infiltration – Opening with some classic anthemic power riffs and booming drums, creating a wonderfully strong, almost Viking -like sound, ending way too soon. It’s a storming intro, with lots of promise.
Capitalypse Now! – Bang! Straight in there, with an undeniably memorable power scream, of Enforcer style quality. Launching right into true speed metal territory, it’s fast-paced, catchy and highly lovable. Upbeat, loud, lyrically aggressive and powerful as fuck. I defy you not to get into this, as it holds you in its thrall and carries you away. Melodic and fun, driven and uplifting; a prize catch you’ll love at first listen.
Mediocy – Another stunning intro, packed with power, resembling all that’s good about speed/power metal; it’s an instant catch. Absolute naturals. There’s clear audible passion here and it’s great to hear. Full of fun filled riffs, heavy, lively drum sections, intensely flavoured rhythm and all that turns we power metal freaks on. Those vocals never lose that edge and it fades out on a strong vocal echo.
Shades Of War – This one bangs just as much, with potent power and happy vibes. This time, they throw in some slightly darker shades of sound, befitting the lyrics, but still, it rocks hard and lifts you up, with its frantic pace and vividly colourful sound and tones. Like an aural kaleidoscope of metal, this is sheer joy. Once it’s rocked and rolled all over you, you’re gonna want to lie back down and let it do it all over again.
New Age Disorder – Getting right in there again, with melodic metal bliss, it gives and keeps on giving. A party of classic metal sounds and all the fun and enjoyment that goes with them. Bashing out the sauce (pun intended), at high-impact, full volume, this is how it’d sound if all the most passionate, anthemic power metal bands in the world got together on stage and rocked the place to the ground.
Austrian Thrash Command – Introing this time with a drum roll to kill, suitably and enjoyably Slayer-esque power riffs and yummily tasty raw vocals. So catchy, it’s untrue. This is one of those tracks that just takes you away and holds you prisoner. Great lyrics and so aptly metal. Ending on a catchy vocal and drum hit, this is a song which should never ever end.
Cannibal Cops – Racing into the breach, with a killer riff section, worthy of Testament or Slayer’s best. There’s just so much fun and vibrancy wrapped up in this, it’s impossible not to love it. Packed with sheer delight throughout, you’ve just got to get hooked on those glorious riffs.
The Aftermath – Beautifully introed, with a haunting guitar solo, soon accompanied by impressively pounding drums and then seguing into another uplifting verse and anthemic heavy chorus. It’s pure therapy. Filled to the brim with melody and so much metal strength, this is one of those tracks that just gets under your skin, runs through your veins and pumps itself into your heart. Well constructed fade-out and never a beat missed.
Overall – A rare example of power metal at its best. All the songs you return to, time and again, that stay in your memory forever, will be reignited by New Age Disorder. One listen and you’ll know instantly that you need this in your life. It’s everything power metal should be, which is why it doesn’t bear much analysis – cos it doesn’t need to. It’s fun, catchy, memorable and hugely therapeutic. That’s all you need to know. Power Metal Paradise. Buy it now.
For fans of Enforcer, Farseer, Die No More, Def Leppard, Saxon, Slayer, Testament, Megadeth, Metallica, WASP, Reign Of Fury and all good power/speed metal and NWOHM.