Armed to the Teeth by Striker on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As the Canadian metal-revivalist band Striker gained accolades for its lauded 2010 debut album, Eyes in the Night, much expectation was thrust onto its next release. Striker's 2012 sophomore album surpasses all supposition in performance, songwriting, and recording quality. Armed to the Teeth could be mistaken for the very same New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneered by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, and early Def Leppard. The opener, “Forever,” will rip through your speakers with galloping rhythms, fretboard-burning speed-metal wizardry, and frontman Dan Cleary’s razor-honed falsetto harmonies. Guitarists Chris Segger and Ian Sandercock effortlessly traverse from hard-chugging riffs to fiery leads and harmonic plucks with a balance of ease and energy. The following “Let It Burn” is a supercharged metal anthem with a triumphant chorus that begs to be blasted from the speakers of an early-'80s Pontiac Firebird Trans Am by a young longhaired man in tight stonewashed blue jeans. The outstanding “Wolf Gang” plays at breakneck speeds that would make Rob Halford proud.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the Canadian metal-revivalist band Striker gained accolades for its lauded 2010 debut album, Eyes in the Night, much expectation was thrust onto its next release. Striker's 2012 sophomore album surpasses all supposition in performance, songwriting, and recording quality. Armed to the Teeth could be mistaken for the very same New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneered by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, and early Def Leppard. The opener, “Forever,” will rip through your speakers with galloping rhythms, fretboard-burning speed-metal wizardry, and frontman Dan Cleary’s razor-honed falsetto harmonies. Guitarists Chris Segger and Ian Sandercock effortlessly traverse from hard-chugging riffs to fiery leads and harmonic plucks with a balance of ease and energy. The following “Let It Burn” is a supercharged metal anthem with a triumphant chorus that begs to be blasted from the speakers of an early-'80s Pontiac Firebird Trans Am by a young longhaired man in tight stonewashed blue jeans. The outstanding “Wolf Gang” plays at breakneck speeds that would make Rob Halford proud.

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About Striker

A fiery, no-frills Canadian heavy metal unit based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Striker deliver a lethal and unapologetic blend of '80s-style hard rock and vintage NWOBHM that evokes contemporaries like Enforcer, Holy Grail, and Cauldron. Founded in 2007, the band's demo caught the attention of German label Iron Kodex, who released the group's debut EP, Road Warrior, in 2009. Striker's full-length debut, Eyes in the Night, arrived the following year, and they spent the ensuing years touring heavily both at home and abroad. In 2012, Striker inked a deal with Napalm Records and released their sophomore long-player, Armed to the Teeth, produced by Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Skid Row). The critically acclaimed, Frederik Nordstrom-produced City of Gold dropped in 2014, followed by a furious bout of touring that saw the group making multiple festival stops. Working once again with Frederik Nordstrom, the band released its eponymous fourth full-length effort via its own Record Breaking label in 2017. ~ James Christopher Monger

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