Out of Poland’s Krakow comes a traditional heavy metal quartet known as Roadhog. Between the band’s name, aesthetic, and style, it could almost be assumed that this is a band from the ‘80s that revived themselves in recent time. That just isn’t the case, as they’re composed of young members that have only been around since 2012. Gates To Madness is the group’s third full-length.
Similar to Sumerlands, this leans on a much brighter energy that digs up ‘70s rock influence and a slight hint of European power metal. Upbeat tempos take the reins on almost everything, while the riffing itself is far more reflective of Van Halen or Rainbow than Iron Maiden or Angel Witch. Yet, the boost that’s given by the rhythmic drive, and the heavy bottom add a Manowar-type finishing. Thrashier takes even make their way in on “Surreal Overdose,” and “Unleashed” feels very heavy for the foundation that’s laid beneath it.
[– Review written by Sweetie.]