April 25 – Review by Officer Nice – CLOVEN HOOF – AGE OF STEEL (Pure Steel Records)

Am I a fan of Cloven Hoof? Yes, I am. Am I a fan of George Call? Yes, I am. Am I a fan of George Call in Cloven Hoof? Of course I am. Can I write something negative about it? Well, I am an honest man and if it is necessary I will. But, because all what is wrote above I ordered the CD and vinyl version of this record. Cloven Hoof, the old NWOBHM band is still alive and thanks to George Call’s immense talent they’re even more into the picture than before. Nevertheless, if you would ask me what my favorite albums of this old school lads are I would mention the debut (of course) and the surprising come-back album “Eye of the sun”.  Lee Payne is a fantastic song-writer and Cloven Hoof is and remains anything he does, this man breathes Cloven hoof. The good thing is he’s, musical wise, an open minded guy and that is the reason this band is still going strong!

Anyway, I liked what the band did ever since their come-back and also on stage the band was pretty impressive. The last albums were quiet good but I was waiting for a true bomb. Did I found it now? Well… actually I did although this band evaluated far from what they originally stood for, as pioneers NWOBHM. I don’t know if it is because of the influence of George Call but this band sounds different from what it used to be, sounds more “American”. Is that a bad thing? Hell no, it isn’t! Me, as a fan of US Metal in general and as a fan of Aska in particular will not complain. READ MORE…