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Album Review

When bassist Stanley E. left Sound Barrier in 1986, there was speculation that the band would look for someone black to replace him and continue to have an all-black lineup. After all, being an all-black heavy metal band certainly made Sound Barrier unusual. But ultimately, Sound Barrier chose Emil Lech, a Romanian immigrant who had been with the L.A.-based band Teriff. That interracial lineup — three African-Americans and a Romanian immigrant — is heard on 1986's excellent Speed of Light, which was Sound Barrier's first release since the 1984 EP Born to Rock and its first full-length album since 1982's Total Control. Favoring a fantasy metal approach a la Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Sound Barrier sounds quite inspired on "Gladiator," "What Price Glory?," and other songs that are as forceful as they are melodic. One of the most interesting things on the album is a remake of Thin Lizzy's "Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)," which works surprisingly well in a heavy metal setting. Regrettably, Speed of Light turned out to be Sound Barrier's last album, and the foursome broke up without ever receiving the commercial success it deserved.

Customer Reviews

Super but what is sound barrier?

I had no idea who sound barrier was. i just typed in random words until i came across the word barrier and found this album. i realized that these songs are pretty good. this is the better of the 4 albums though. too bad only 4.

Nearly forgotten classic

First to solve the confusion. There are two Sound Barriers. This one is the 80s Metal band from LA, and this is their only album on iTunes. Their biggest hit, the funk-metal cruncher "rock without the roll" is not on this album, but this one is pure, solid LA Metal with no compromise. If you're looking for head-banging real metal, this is the Sound Barrier you want. The other three are a different band entirely.

Speed of Light, Sound Barrier
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Mar 01, 1986

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