Album Review: Striker – “City Of Gold”
City of Gold is the third full length from Canadian power-metallers Striker, and sees them picking up where they left off with their last album. Obviously not setting out to tear down any musical barriers, Striker seem to be of the mindset that if you know what you’re good at you should stick to it, and this lot are very good at power metal.
Underground kicks things off at full pelt with a classic galloping metal riff. Mix in some life-affirming lyrics delivered in singer Dan Cleary’s siren-like style along with a crushing breakdown section, and it all adds up to the perfect example of what Striker are about. Unashamed, straightforward, good time metal songs. The title track follows the same template and delivers a huge hook-filled chorus to boot, while Crossroads carries on the tradition as guitarists Chris Segger and Tim Brown thrash the hell out of their guitars with an insanely fast riff.
The rest of the album doesn’t stray from the path they’ve set for themselves, apart from slowing down a little in the second half of the record to groove a little more and throw in a few more ‘ballad’ moments, despite these moments never lasting the length of a whole song.
If you like power metal you can't fail to like Striker, you might even love them a little bit as there really isn't a weak track on the album. So buy it, get your fist in the air and get ready for 11 tracks of unrelenting, speed filled metal.