Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Iron Maiden, Hel­loween, Nightwish

■ Having re­leased their power metal de­but only last December, the quick re­lease of this four-track EP almost feels like a dis­missal of that wor­thy work. That said, with piv­otal ap­pear­ances at Blood­stock and Wacken in the pipe­line, it’s a good time for th­ese five Ja­panese women to re­mind us of their ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ents. Bat­tle Against Dam­na­tion con­firms that ex­tra­or­di­nary isn’t too strong a word. Opener The Cru­sade will re­mind any Bri­tish metal fan of Maiden classic Aces High, a com­par­i­son that is not eas­ily earned, while Break The Wall is even bet­ter – thrash riffs and catchy hooks at thrilling speed. The re­main­ing songs have stronger sym­phonic al­lu­sions, less im­me­di­ate but evolv­ing to a cli­mac­tic fin­ish. Lovebites will nei­ther stand or fall on the strength of a four-track EP, but th­ese songs are com­pelling enough to sug­gest that the quin­tet have stepped up a level, even in the short time since their de­but al­bum. Keep an eye on this lot. STEVE BEEBEE

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