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Posted by Baz Anderson on 24.11.2006 at 20:58
Iron Savior - Germany power metal band formed by Piet Sielck who played guitar for Helloween for over three years and has since found his position in Savage Circus as guitar man.

Iron Savior started as some-what of a 'super band' as the first album's line-up included Piet himself, Kai Hansen from Gamma Ray, Thomen Stauch from Blind Guardian (at that time) and also a guest appearance from Hansi - also of Blind Guardian
In the bands time up to now they have had other big names of power metal play with them - such as Dan Zimmermann of Gamma Ray and Freedom Call and taking over from him was former Gamma Ray member Thomas Nack.
Jan Eckert of Masterplan was also in Iron Savior beforehand.

You can see how all these power metal bands help each other how most of the musicians are all part of another band as well!
Also Iron Savior has 'donated' in a way two of their songs for other bands:
power metal fans will realise that Masterplan's 'After This War' is just a tweaked version of Iron Savior's 'After The War'
and also Savage Circus' 'Waltz Of The Demon' is a tweaked version of Iron Savior's 'Made Of Metal' with different lyrics

I feel Iron Savior or often overlooked or underrated - or maybe people feel they are some kind of side project which is untrue.
But whatever, I hope there are quite a fwe people out there that appreciate their music and comment here with their views.

All of their albums are very solid - if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be their first, self-titled album - but they are all very good.

There is supposed to be a new album coming out some time, but no one has heard anything about it! It was originally supposed to have been released spring this year, but not even a title has been revealed for it as of yet.

But whatever - let me know what you think of the band and their albums!
Thanks.



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Susan
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  15.12.2011 at 04:10
For as long as these guys have been around, they still sound so fresh. The Landing is an amazing album and really solidifying 2011 as a great power metal year. I was worried for a while but lately bands like Iron Savior have really come through for us! Anyway, they have the energy of a new band, I love how they keep it alive.
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Ag Fox
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  15.12.2011 at 04:42
Or more like the rest of the big names have been let downs this year. Relatively speaking Iron Savior doesn't seem that big to me, compared to, say, Hammerfall, Rhapsody and Edguy, especially after Kai Hansen left.

But those who think the band is dead after Kai left should listen to the latest (and compare it with the rather rubbish "To The Metal")
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Susan
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  15.12.2011 at 05:41
You make a good point. "Big names" in power metal are stepping aside for the new generation. Yeah, Iron Savior is not as huge as Hammerfall, etc, so maybe that's worked in their favor. The best power metal albums in the last few years have been from new, up-and-coming bands or from bands like Iron Savior who have been around but never at the top. Maybe there is something in the water "at the top" that drains the life out of power metal. It sure seems that way from the biggies in the last few years.
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Baz Anderson

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  15.12.2011 at 09:20
I see Hammerfall as a completely separate kind of power metal to these German bands... It is easy to forget sometimes that Piet has been in the (power) metal world from the very beginning, from the first incantation of Helloween - so to me the spirit of Iron Savior holds true to the very original power metal. So does Gamma Ray, but their last few albums just haven't been very good. Still, at least Helloween's last album was perhaps their all time best.
Milena
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  15.12.2011 at 10:34
Hmmm, I haven't listened to any of their other albums, but the new one sure does sound fresh and interesting!
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  15.12.2011 at 11:26
Written by Milena on 15.12.2011 at 10:34

Hmmm, I haven't listened to any of their other albums, but the new one sure does sound fresh and interesting!

Does it ever! I tried getting into em with 2 er 3 of their past releases but couldn't...This one takes the cake!
Milena
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  15.12.2011 at 11:28
Written by JÄY on 15.12.2011 at 11:26

Does it ever! I tried getting into em with 2 er 3 of their past releases but couldn't...This one takes the cake!

Yeah, it's kinda cheesy, but in proper amounts, and the vocalist is good, which is pretty much a rarity these days.
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  15.12.2011 at 13:21
Written by JÄY on 15.12.2011 at 11:26

Written by Milena on 15.12.2011 at 10:34

Hmmm, I haven't listened to any of their other albums, but the new one sure does sound fresh and interesting!

Does it ever! I tried getting into em with 2 er 3 of their past releases but couldn't...This one takes the cake!
the ones when Kai was still with them sounds pretty good, you should try those
Written by Baz Anderson on 15.12.2011 at 09:20

I see Hammerfall as a completely separate kind of power metal to these German bands... It is easy to forget sometimes that Piet has been in the (power) metal world from the very beginning, from the first incantation of Helloween - so to me the spirit of Iron Savior holds true to the very original power metal. So does Gamma Ray, but their last few albums just haven't been very good. Still, at least Helloween's last album was perhaps their all time best.
Oh... I didn't even notice Piet was in the original Helloween. No wonder it does have some sort of old school sound in them still. I do agree that the last Helloween is awesome, but won't go as far as to say it's their best ever. Definitely their best since the Dark Ride though.
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Baz Anderson

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  15.12.2011 at 13:44
I don't feel Kai has much weight on Iron Savior at all really. I don't see the albums with him on them any better than the later ones... "Condition Red" is my favourite album and that was the first without him!
Susan
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  15.12.2011 at 16:59
I've heard bits of this band before but The Landing is the first album I've actually owned. I'll try some of these others you mention
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Ag Fox
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  15.12.2011 at 17:06
Well, I've never heard the ones without Kai save for this one, so I can't comment I guess =P
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Stabby

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  15.12.2011 at 20:20
The Landing is awesome, I can't believe I had never heard them before. I have liked Savage Circus for years, this only makes sense.

I'm agreeing with Baz here, although this brand of German PM has some soft moments, and some cheesy moments, with vocals, guitars and drums like that nobody is going to mistake it for anything other than metal that is still true to the heavy metal and thrash roots. When people hear power metal and say "This isn't REAL metal!" they are usually referencing those elements.

What are some other bands like this? I know Blind Guardian, Savage Circus, Helloween, Gamma Ray, and Freedom Call.

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