• 9.5/10
    PERSIAN RISK - Once A King - 9.5/10


High Roller Records
Release date: October 23, 2012

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Does anyone still remember Persian Risk? A couple of seven inch releases in the early eighties and one album in 1986 is all that could be found of this British band, which was part of the later age of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Well, if you don’t remember, it is time to place this band on your Metal map, because Once A King is an unexpected surprise of unforeseeable magnitude and is easily one of the best Metal releases that the British Isles have unleashed upon fans in the last decade!

Opening with the relentless “Asylum” and “Riding High”, the course is set for the album. Fantastic vocals on a base of timeless Heavy Metal, the kind that made millions of fans of this musical style in the first place. The musicianship is flawless, there is no showing off, there are only strong guitar riffs, an “in your face” approach to composing, and the Old School legacy that screams out of every song. Carl Sentence, the vocalist, who has tried to keep the band more or less alive over many years, now in-between working with many other projects and bands, has a strong, enjoyable voice and must be placed among the great vocalists that never received their share of recognition.

His performance on Once A King is flawless; he is able to show power and feeling in the uptempo tracks like in the verses of “Soul Deceiver” and “Ride The Storm”. Even the songs that would otherwise be a tiny little bit less in quality than others, each comes out so strong that there is hardly anything to complain about in any of the eleven tracks on the album. The only exception is the standard rocker “Women And Rock”, which keeps the album from receiving the perfect score!

Persian Risk have returned unexpectedly, and unexpectedly strong. It would be a tragedy if this album would go widely unnoticed and not get the attention it definitely deserves. It would be a loss for us all, so be sure to check it out and request to listen to it here. If one can only buy three albums in 2012, Once A King must be one of those.


  • Frank Jaeger

    Frank was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Bavaria, Germany. He has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years, now on the manufacturing side, before on the publishing end. Before this, he edited and handled the layout for a city mag in northern Germany ... maybe that is why he love being part of anything published. Frank got hooked on Metal at the age of 14 when a friend introduced him to AC/DC. They were listening to The Beatles, Madness, and The Police, and he decided they should move on. Well, they did, Back in Black became Frank's first Metal album, and since Germany is reasonably close to England, they had some small New Waves Of British Heavy Metal washing up on their shores: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Sweet Savage, Diamond Head, etc. If he had to pick his favorite styles, Prog and Power Metal would be at the top of the list.

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