I’m gonna be honest, when I was first approached about reviewing Iron Brigade‘s self-titled debut album I had no idea what to expect. I was handed a home pressed copy of a CD, with a five track listing, and a basic black and white printed label on it. I really didn’t have high hopes for this one initially whatsoever; but this is a prime example of how you should never judge a book by its cover.
Jared Carns (Vocals), Alex Kneupper (Lead Guitar), George Archibald (Lead Guitar), Andrew Salzano (Bass Guitar), and Lorne Moskal (Drums) make up this Pittsburgh area Traditional/Old School heavy metal group. Formed in 2017, Iron Brigade also heavily resemble classic thrash and power metal acts from the late 80’s and 90’s like King Diamond, Judas Priest, and many other bands from that era.
Overall, it’s very technically on point. Lots of double bass kicks, tons of heavy riffs, and many dark lyrical undertones. Everything about this album is well put together. Despite the fact that this is their first album, it was virtually impossible to tell that these guys weren’t literally rocking for the past 30 years at sold out venues alongside some of the world renowned metal masters.
Previously featured on Find Your MUSE(ic) earlier this year with their lyric video for “Out Of The Urn”, Iron Brigade has been tearing up local venues for quite some time now, and have amassed a strong presence in the Pittsburgh music scene. I personally would love to see them play live, and look forward to seeing the direction and growth of this band over time.
Be sure to check out the video, find them at a Pittsburgh show, and snag a CD from one of the guys. If you’re into that classic heavy metal sound, these guys know the definition of power metal, and really bring the thunder of the underworld.