Zoltan

Ready to Fire

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Like a combination of '80s headbangers Krokus, Uriah Heep, and Lizzy Borden, Zoltan attempts to bring back a style of heavy metal that has not been in vogue for years. Unfazed by the unfriendly commercial market awaiting it, Zoltan makes his debut like it was 1984 all over again. Songs like the title track have a riffing style that brings to mind the chugging guitars of the initial New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but the vocals are definitely rooted in the mid-'80s rock scene. Many of these rockers are actually pretty good, the production is quite strong, and the playing is on par with many of his influences. "Love Me Hate Me" may be the strongest song here; the chorus is extremely catchy and the song is just the right length to stay interesting. The only real problem with the album is the incredibly dated sound. It would be one thing to write songs similar to his influences, but in every aspect of the music there is a feel that is firmly grounded in that time period. This makes it hard to absorb at points, despite his obvious talents at making this kind of music he still needs to try and put a new spin on a genre that has been beaten to death many times over. Zoltan is a very impressive musician, but this album does not give his talents the proper showcase that would bring him into greater prominence in the heavy metal scene. Ready to Fire is a very average album that could still appeal to anyone looking for music similar to the hard rock sound of the '80s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:10
2
3:03
3
3:46
4
4:54
5
2:31
6
2:32
7
4:36
8
5:59
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