Review: Ultimate Force

Ultimate Force is the official debut album from the Indiana based heavy metal band Sacred Leather. A nice homage to old school heavy metal and the start of what could be a really exciting new band.

At first glance, there is nothing particularly new about the album Ultimate Force. It is loaded with a lot of old ’80s heavy metal clichés, which is either a good or bad thing depending who you are. The Iron Maiden style galloping riffs are there, the high pitched Rob Halford wailing is there and the song writing is about as cheesy as it gets. It could instantly be off putting for some people.

Despite the clichés, the band manage to utilise their style with near perfect success. The musicians clearly have very good chemistry together, especially the way the two guitar players work their way round the bass and drums. It makes for some interesting guitar solo moments where the rhythm section has to take centre stage. The band’s vocalist Dee Wrathchild (Good lord man, drop the name) has a limited but effective voice that suits the style of music present. He’s almost like what we’d get from Don Dokken had his voice had a bit more balls behind it.

This fairly decent heavy metal album is fairly well produced. The sound is clean but retains the heaviness a band like Sacred Leather needs. The only real gripe I have with this record is the song, Dream Searcher. For a lack of better words, it’s a bloody awful ballad. Otherwise, From Gold To Ash is a pretty good album from a band that definitely shows some promise. For album number two, it would be good to hear the boys drop a few of the gimmicks and use their talents to their full potential. There is definitely potential here.

Rating : 7 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Ultimate Force
  2. Watcher
  3. Power Thrust
  4. Dream Searcher
  5. Master is Calling
  6. Prowling Sinner
  7. The Lost Destructor/ Priest of the Undoer