I met up yesterday with Tony Hatton of London Classic Metal God's Airforce.
He handed me 2 copies of Airforces new Album "Strike Hard" and 2 Airforce T shirts all for our next Mearfest Raffle in October.
Both Cds are signed by Guest Vocalist Paul Dianno Paul Deano
I've seen this band a number of times and I have got to say that over the last few years they have become something quite formidable
Their appearance at last years Mearfest South has become something of legend.
The line up consists of Flavio Lino Vocals
Chop Pitman Guitars Tony Hatton Bass and ex Iron Maiden Drummer Doug Sampson.
The links and heritage of this band and Iron Maiden are strong and go back over 40 odd years.
The Album is pure Classic Heavy Metal from the opening intro to the last chord and drum beat.
Flavio is an immense vocalist with a huge operatic and stunning range
The guitar and bass work is thunderous and interwoven with Dougs Brilliant percussion the entire album is faultless.
I think what has struck me the most is the incredible sound. (Recorded and Mixed by Pete Franklin of Chariot fame)
This Album is very powerful and the sound is absolutely spot on.
Great to hear Ivan Giannini again on "The Reaper" What an incredible front man and vocalist!!
The albums highlight for me has to be the track "Don't look in her eyes"
Where Flavio and Paul Dianio share the Vocal Duties.
Christ I'm transported right back to the Maiden Killers Tour in the early eighties listening to this!!
To be totally honest I wasn't expecting this, a good solid Metal album yes, but this is an absolute Monster of Album.
This band have been around for a very long time in one form or another
Their history is long and my God they deserve every accolade that will be rightfully awarded to them over this.
When the World returns to some resemblance of normality and this band gets to play live again.
Get yourself down the front, stand close together, drink in hand.
Feel the surge, the Power, the heat of the lights
Throw the horns high
This is an incredible achievement and one that should raise this band up high in the Hallowed Halls of Heavy Metal.
Favourite Tracks for Me... Die for You, The Reaper, Don't look in her eyes and the epic War Games.
Not only do Airforce Strike Hard they Strike to Kill!
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