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Grand Magus - Iron Will (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2008
Catalog number: CDL409CD
The predominant sound of Iron Will isn't the thick, soulful swing of yore. It's more direct and less raw, fitting for a band that's shown a predilection for power metal. Grand Magus' latest is a solid album with staying power.

Iron Will continues to see the band evolve. There's more than a passing resemblance to Dio's matchless recordings with the Blacker and Iommi, and many of these vocal harmonies are completely droolworthy if your favourite Deep Purple albums include the Mark III ones at the top. 80s metal is another influence on this but what completely signals the chequered flag for me are the Michael Schenker influenced leads by JB. The flying V and the half-cocked wah should be enough to imagine how big a disciple of Schenker's he is, but JB's phrasing and vibrato on this album are his best yet. Every solo is a song by itself and every solo is fucking awesome.