Heavy metal has been around for, what, 40 years now? It must be one of the most resilient genres to exist, especially when bands like Skull Fist are still playing the exact same style that they did back in the 80s.
You wouldn’t know it, but Skull Fist formed in 2006. They’re part of the current NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) revival, battling for North America in their war against Sweden. On their side are Cauldron, White Wizzard and Volture, while Sweden have Enforcer, Steelwing and Katana in their arsenal. You might call their current style NNWOHM (New New Wave of Heavy Metal). It’ll be your sort of thing if you love fast-paced, no frills speed metal that worships at the altar of Iron Maiden.
‘Chasing The Dream’ is the Canadian clan’s second full-length effort, and it follows on exactly where 2011’s ‘Head Of The Pack’ left off. It stands firm against metal fans that think that you need to change everything to be good in this genre. In truth, it’s pretty easy to write a good heavy metal song because it’s been done so many times before, but that doesn’t mean songs like ‘Sign Of The Warrior’ and ‘You’re Gonna Pay’ don’t want to make you pump your fist and raise a glass. Jonny Nesta, Casey Slade and Jackie Slaughter tirelessly trade blows with their electric swords, while Chris Steve provides the battle roar on drums.
Skull Fist fall down on the fact that they fit so easily into playlists of this genre. There’s nothing to set them apart from anyone, even their neighbours across the Atlantic ocean. If you’ve ever seen ‘Anvil: The Story Of Anvil’, you’ll know what to expect from Canadian metal fans: slow and steady execution, tireless dedication and a fierce penchant for back bacon. Skull Fist will probably never break out of the shackles that tie them down in this genre, but they’ll be fucked if they let that get them down.
Written by MG Savage (@MGsavagewriter)