Good American Metal, but not excellent.
ICHABOD KRANE debuts with their album Day of Reckoning featuring members of Detroit cult Halloween and Sleepy Hollow as well as Wülfhook, a 40-minute CD containing 10 tracks of traditional heavy metal done in the pure American way.
Although the album has some great songs, like the first one, Dark Valentine, which brings a packed heavy metal with good solos and 1980’s vocals by Jeff “Sling” Schlinz (a thing that will let the fans of this kind of music crazy because he is a good voice of the style), the album has its ebbs and flows like in the song Nothing without You, an unnecessary and kitsch ballad, and one and another bad moment.
Thankfully they return to form in the great track Struggle Within that’s a hymn of the underground heavy metal persuasion with the high-pitched vocals and all the brouhaha.
Another great song is Immortal: sung with gusto and with riffs that is the legitimate thing.
Day of Reckoning is not a breakthrough album by any means, but it will satisfy purists elsewhere.
DAY OF RECKONING is out now on Pure Steel Records.