Iron Lamb [Sweden]
High Roller Records
Punk/Metal/Rock ‘n’ Roll
After the extremely catchy debut full length of Iron Lamb back in 2011, The Original Sin, the band is back again this time with their new record, Fool’s Gold, ready to wreak more havoc with their groovy, addictive fusion of punk, metal and good, old school rock ‘n’ roll.
The band promises that the Motörhead influences from The Original Sin will still be present, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, right from the get go with One Way Track, the band reeks of the bad ass old school rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and the whole swagger of the guitarists Johan and Jens, along with the gruff vocals of Daniel, the band’s material would have easily fit into a Motörhead or even a Chrome Division record.
With the band featuring personalities from bands such as Repugnant, Dismember and General Surgery, one can be assured of the level of musicianship in Iron Lamb. These Swedes’ love for the old school extends beyond just rock ‘n’ roll, and throughout the album one can hear the whole range of influences from other genres as well. For instance, Smile Now Cry Later brings one back to 80s heavy metal, with the huge sweeping riffs, and that almost biker-feel that the band emanates reminds one of Metalucifer and the likes. There are even some slight doom elements included on the record, such as on Leave Me Be, and Daniel shows off his vocal range with his baritone on the track reminding one of gothic acts like The 69 Eyes or Type-O-Negative.
In just a span of one full length, the sound of Iron Lamb has certainly matured. Fool’s Gold shows how the band is willing to step out of their comfort zone to incorporate elements from a whole host of influences, making this one hell of a fun album just to mosh and headbang to.
Favourite picks: Backstabbers, Center of the Universe