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Fa­tal Com­mand

NU­CLEAR BLAST All-star metal crew pay homage to the mas­ters Pänzer fea­ture mu­si­cians with con­nec­tions to Ac­cept, Ham­mer­fall and De­struc­tion, but don’t be tempted to wield the term ‘su­pergroup’. The band sound so co­her­ent on Fa­tal Com­mand, their sec­ond al­bum, that any thoughts of this be­ing a van­ity project should be dis­missed im­me­di­ately. Since their de­but al­bum, Send Them To Hell, in 2014, gui­tarist

Pon­tus Nor­gren has re­placed Herman Frank, and brings his Ham­mer­fall-style skills to bear, mak­ing the at­tack even more dy­namic. You can hear the in­ter­play with De­struc­tion front­man Sch­mier’s vo­cals and V.O. Pul­ver’s gui­tar at its best on the ti­tle track, We Can Not Be Si­lenced and Af­flicted. That old-school af­fec­tion shines, through, as Pänzer get to grips with their cel­e­bra­tion of early Ac­cept and 70s Ju­das Priest. The en­tire al­bum rat­tles along with pas­sion and pace, and the brood­ing Skull­breaker is a stormer. This is clas­sic style metal from true devo­tees. FOR FANS OF: AC­CEPT, HELLOWEEN, JU­DAS PRIEST

MAL­COLM DOME

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