Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Release Date: 19/02/2021
The band hail from Tampere, Finland and play an 80s style brand of NWOTHM (New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal). The band has a full roster, featuring five members, those being Olli Kärki (vocals), Aku Kytölä (guitars), Jarkko Aaltonen (bass), Jukka Holm (guitars) and Pate Vuorio (drums). As stated this is the band’s debut full-length album and follows a split and demo from 2018.
When I say that this band has a classic sound, I mean that. They really manage to capture all of the elements that made 80s heavy metal so great. Crisp, soaring riffs and catchy hooks meet powerful vocals and epic lyrics about warriors, love making and driving at dangerously high speeds on the freeway. All of these classic tropes meet expertly executed instrumentals and a charismatic and engaging front man to form a band that I imagine would have had a cult following had they formed 40 years earlier. Luckily for us though they happened to form now to bring some of traditional heavy metal’s classic charm into the 21st century.
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for the classics, sometimes it’s a case of the cheesier and more stereotypical the better. I have to say, that while this album definitely does have a lot of stereotypical elements, they don’t come across as cheesy and their music is in no way boring, unoriginal or derivative. In fact, it’s far from it, the band take these elements that we all know and love and throw in crisp production and sound quality and a few modern twists. Metal Crypt is quoted by the band as saying that “Coronary refuse to reinvent the heavy metal wheel.” This statement does sum up their ethos and overall essence quite well. Not only in that the band say, “why fix what was never broken and cannot be broken”, but also in their stubbornness and refusal to accept the ceaseless march of time, rather standing against it and saying that progress is not in fact inevitable.
So, if you love your metal pure and want to take a trip back to a simpler time, why not go there with Coronary. The band have a singular vision and want to share it with the world and I for one hope that the world is receptive to it because we need more classic music like this. In line with the energy of this album I have one more thing to say, “LONG LIVE THE NEW WAVE OF TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL!”
Listen to and order the album below: