Ironclad – Alchemy And Chaos Review

Ironclad - Alchemy and ChaosAlchemy And Chaos is the debut EP from Welsh metallers Ironclad and it showcases a band with plenty of potential.

Although Ironclad is a new band, only having formed several months ago, it’s clear that the fourpiece have a lot of experience between them due to them all playing in other bands prior to forming Ironclad and indeed, they sound more like a band that has been playing together for several years rather than several months – which can only be a good thing. The music is nice and meaty, with a good amount of bite to it, and although the music is fairly conventional it still makes for good listening.

What works well about the music is that there’s a nice element of complexity to the music, particularly the guitars on third track The Disease, and the vocals have a wonderful murky tone to them throughout that lends itself well to the music, giving it an extra edge as a result. Additionally, there’s also a cover of¬†Cerebral Fix’s track¬†Creator Of Outcasts and this helps to make the EP a sense of familiarity as a result.

Ironclad haven’t reinvented the wheel with this one, and it’s quite clear that they’re still fine-tuning their sound – but Alchemy And Chaos is a great start for the band and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.


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