TIR – Metal Shock

TIR - Metal Shock
  • 5/10
    TIR - Metal Shock - 5/10


Gates Of Hell Records
Release date: May 10, 2019

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Metal Shock is the second full length release from Italy’s Traditional Metal band TIR. Formed in 1980, the band spent many years focusing on live performance, opting not to release a record until 2011. Original guitarists Sergio Bonelli and Danilo Antonini are joined by bassist Dino Gubinelli, drummer Peiro Arioni, and vocalist Giuseppe Cialone, recording songs that have been part of the band’s live show for decades.

The band opted to record all the vocals in Italian, bucking the trend of utilizing English to broaden their appeal. The songs are decently written and arranged, with some very traditional thrash metal elements present, but there are departures. “Crazy Mama” is reminiscent of “American Idiot” by Green Day. “Dentro Il Vuoto” is almost Melodic Rock. “Beat 150” is a straight ahead rocker.

The performances are pretty solid. Drums and bass are well done. The vocals are a little shaky at points, most noticeable when harmony vocals are present. The lead guitar work is spotty and a little sloppy. This is a also noticeable in the fast moving rhythm parts. Overall, Metal Shock is a decent listen, with some variety. Metal and and Melodic Rock fans may find something to enjoy.


  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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