This is the second release from Sweden’s Torch, the first being last year’s Fireraiser mini-LP. While I’m bored of this type of Iron Maiden, blow your ears off metal, a nice production makes it easy on the ears. I find it hard to slag this band off; they are very good at what they do, but the lack of originality will see them small status forever.
The only place I can see Torch making it big is in Holland; with such heavy numbers as ‘Warlock’, ‘Watcher Of The Night’, ‘Rage Age’ and ‘Beyond The Threshold Of Pain’. In fact, Torch remind me of a weaker version of the USA’s Wild Dogs.
The best tracks are ‘Sweet Desire’ and ‘Battle Axe’ (original titles or what!); the first being real heavy, with a lot more originality than the other number, plus some excellent vocals from Dan Dark. ‘Battle Axe’ starts off with a delicate guitar intro and launches into a fast paced number featuring good dual work from guitarists Claus Wild and Chris J. First.
All in all, a good LP, but major contenders such as Venom, Jaguar and Mercyful Fate have nothing to worry about; perhaps next time boys?
Review taken from Metal Forces, Issue 2 (1983)
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