Canadian metal always takes me for surprise, from Rush to Anvil to Kataklysm, and all the way to The Agonist and 3 Inches Of Blood. They always have something new or at least different, this time around is a speed metal band called Striker, they are a brew between Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Tankard and Destruction.
This year they released their second studio album Armed To The Teeth, a straight forward record that is just about day life stories, beer, metal and pretty much whatever happens on their lives as metalheads. The album was produced by Michael Wagener (Accept, Motley Crue, Dokken) and from the first track Forever you can tell that 80’s influence, and the heaviness that this album has. it continues with Let It Burn the song featured on their latest video clip that includes a car chase, flame thrower guitars and explosions, a total concept that could get a Michael Bay‘s seal of approval.
The album is a retrospective of sounds and ideas that even though they aren’t new, they are original in the way that Striker intended at the time to record the album, songs like Land Of The Lost and Lethal Force had that Dokken vibe on it that is enhanced by the power and speed of the band. While tracks like All The Way and Can’t Stop The Rush are more in an Accept style, very sharp guitars and really fast drums.
The whole album is a real ride of in your face metal, with a great production that only Wagener can deliver. Striker on this album not only take their sound further as a band, but they simplify their metal experience to something enjoyable and heavy at the same time, they didn’t try to revamp their sound based on the classics. What they did on Armed To The Teeth was more like taking that sound and use today’s technology to enhance the experience of it.
The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Dan Clearly frontman of Striker. We talked about Armed To The Teeth, the video clip for Let It Burn, the experience of touring Europe, and other stuff.