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SERGEANT STEEL - Men On A Mission [bonus track] (2013)
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SERGEANT STEEL - Men On A Mission [bonus track] (2013)

Formed in North Austria in 2007 by singer Phil Vanderkill and guitarist
Jack Power, SERGEANT STEEL released locally their debut three years ago.
Since then the band toured central Europe, played in some festivals and
secured a deal for their first international album, the just published
"Men On A Mission".
What attracted me in first place is the fact that the recording was
mixed and mastered by legendary Michael Wagener (Alice Cooper, Skid Row,
Extreme, Warrant, Dokken) at his WireWorld 2.0 studio in Nashville. And
after listening the CD, I was pleasantly surprised.

Apart from the good musicianship and solid songwriting this sextet
sounds quite mature for a novel band, blending their American influences
with a distinct late '80s / early '90s European Melodic Hard Rock
Opener "Gods Of Love" begins with some kind of a vaudeville instrumental
intro until a rocking riff explodes giving place for an anthemic hard
rocker, specially at the fist-in-the-air catchy chorus. Near the end of
the song, the guys do a little tribute to classic Deep Purple with a
nice Hammond / guitar interplay.
But Sergeant Steel's overall delivery - as on most of the album, is
based on a polished sound, hot guitars yet really clean, a pretty
bombastic rhythm section and harmonised choruses.

Next track "Mom Horny" has some contagious heavy-funky overtones ala
Extreme (both guitarists are really good) and Phil Vanderkill's register
- which brings to mind Ted Poley and Jani Lane with a touch of Vince
Neil - fits the song like a glove. This is super-moving track that would
have been a sure-fire hit at MTV Headbanger's Ball back in a day. Great
"Sweet 16" turn things much more simple, like a second hand Return
(Norwegian band) yet effective anyway. One of my favorites is the
midtempo "Don't Give Up", adorned with really nice keyboards and sweet
harmony vocals. Germans Craaft is the main influence here.
Talking about Teutonic legacy in style & sound, Sergeant Steel
recalls on many places during this recording the underrated band Domain
(especially the first Melodic Hard era of the this group) like on the
solid rocker "Wannabe Outlaw" and title track "Man On A Mission".

One highlight for me is the AORish Melodic Rocker "Cry Out Your Heart,
Baby!": lots of synths, oh-ohs backing vocals and sharp guitars in the
best Fate (Danish band) style makes this one a real winner.
More Americanized are "Some Girls Are Ladies", the slightly Ratt-esque
"Taker Of My Heart" and "Born To Lose, Live To Win" (with a little
Krokus throw in), while "Give Me A Call" is the only real ballad on the
album adding acoustic guitars to the mix.
Bonus "Black Wings Comin´" is the official anthem of the Black Wings
Linz ice-hockey club (winner of the Austrian hockey championships in
2003 and 2012), a classic hard rocker played in the arena when the Black
Wings enter the ice.

Sergeant Steel rocks really good in "Men On A Mission", where the melodies are catchy and truly enjoyable.
You can hear Michael Wagener's magic hands throughout as he has done a
great mix & mastering, but the basic tracks were previously produced
by the band in Austria, and it's clear the guys know how obtain a crisp
sound from their playing. As Gene Simmons once said: "you can't polish
sh#t", so kudos to Sergeant Steel for the brilliant sound of the
original tapes.
Recommended suff.

01 - Gods Of Love
02 - Mama Horny
03 - Sweet 16
04 - Don't Give It Up
05 - Man On A Mission
06 - Cry Out Your Heart, Baby!
07 - Born To Lose (Live To Win)
08 - Wannabe Outlaw
09 - Some Girls Are Ladies
10 - Taker Of My Heart
11 - Give Me A Call
12 - Give Me A Call (Reprise)
13 - Black Wings Comin' [EHC Black Wings hymn] (bonus track)

Phil Vanderkill (Lead Vocals)
Jack Power (Guitars, Vocals)
Chuck Boom (Guitars, Vocals)
Ben Bateman (Keyboads, Piano)
Ronny Roxx (Bass)
Kenny King (Drums)

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