If you like vocals that will bring bands like Iron Maiden and Dio to mind, then Ignited is going to rank high on your wishlist. Their newest album, Cradle Of The Wicked, was released back on October 27th, and is ten tracks of Heavy Metal excellence.
Release Name: Cradle Of The Wicked
Release Date: October 27th, 2023
Location: Originally Stockholm, Sweden, but now spread out between there, Brazil, and the U.K.
Genres: Heavy Metal and Power Metal
Label: Steelbound Recordings
Written By: Tom Hanno of Tom’s Reviews
There are some Metal vocalists with voices that are absolutely incredible, including but not limited to Joseph Michael (Witherfall and Sanctuary), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Warrel Dane (Sanctuary, Nevermore), and Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Black Sabbath, Dio). The reason that I mention these particular singers, is that you can hear each of their legendary fingerprints across the new Ignited album, Cradle Of The Wicked.
For example, “Bloody Satisfied” has the sound of Nevermore and Sanctuary, which is due to the fact that it sounds as if Warrel Dane himself sang on it. It’s also one of my favorites due to the excellence in the riffs, and for having a fantastic melody.
The best track on Cradle Of The Wicked is the self titled album opener. Ignited came out with “all guns blazing” by capturing a Painkiller era Judas Priest vibe, while also unleashing a massive amount of energy. The music is full of fleet-fingered guitar playing and killer riffing, while the vocals are absolutely incredible; which can be said of any track on this album.
“The Sewer Lords” and “Abyss Of War” are two others that grabbed my attention, particularly “The Sewer Lords”, with its 80s Metal flavor. I hear some Bruce Dickinson in the vocals here, and an influence from both his solo project and Iron Maiden within the musical aspects of it. “Abyss Of War” also has an 80s Metal feel, a healthy mix of vocal influences, and heavy riffs that help to close out Cradle Of The Wicked with the same power that it began with.
Other Standout Tracks: “The Overflow”, “Uncontrollable”
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