The resurgence of banner-waiving, traditional heavy metal has been in full bloom for a handful of years now with acts like Canada’s Striker leading the galloping cavalry. The band has returned once again in 2017 with another new platter of metal the way they used to make it with a few fresh spin on the battle-tested style. They’ve teamed up with Loudwire for the advanced stream of their eponymous fifth full length, so dust off those patch jackets, get to listening and don’t forget to dig further into the album with our interview below!
Striker opens up with “Former Glory,” a quick-strike cut with a seeming nod to metal’s halcyon days where denim, leather, spikes and Spandex reigned supreme. As discussed in our interview, “Pass Me By” demonstrates that Striker aren’t content just repeating the past, working in modern elements with a swinging groove, defiant lyrics and a slight rap-rock cadence.
Throughout the album, there’s a unifying sense of anthemic choruses aided by soaring backing vocals that invoke a slight sense of glam metal for that hair-in-the-wind, T-top cruisin’ vibe to street-ready tracks like “Born to Lose” and “Rock the Night.”