Unleash The Archers – Time Stands Still (Napalm)

Genre: Power Metal

Unleash The Archers unleash their inner heavy metal beast on Time Stands Still and if the title hints at a penchant for the past then there’s more than enough that’s new and exciting about the Canadians’ third long player.

Sure this is an act steeped in glorious, throwback 80s aggression and it’s refreshing to witness a band wearing its brilliant, beating heart on its sleeve. But thanks to furious frontmwoman Brittney Slayes this is trad metal given a gleaming modern sheen.

If the occasionally over-enthusiastic Slayers goes too far on Tonight We Ride – her wild screeching enough to send a pack of rabid hyenas running for cover – then it’s the singer’s unbridled passion that proves Time Stands Still’s worth.

Test Your Metal and No More Heroes might scream dreary metal cliché to the uninitiated masses but both songs are brilliant. This is a whole heap of fun from start to finish. Simon Rushworth

RUSHONROCK RATED: 7/10 Unleash The Beast