Ignitor – Year of the Metal Tiger (2012) Review
Ignitor is a traditional US metal band fronted by the legendary Jason McMaster and has Stuart “Batlord” Laurence from Agony Column as its main songwriter and guitarist. They’ve been around since 2003 and Jason’s been with them since about 2008 and recorded their Spider Queen album.
Just recently they’ve released Year of the Metal Tiger (YOTMT). I like this album far better than Spider Queen which was a little too dramatic for my tastes, even though the music fit the storyline perfectly. YOTMT is heavy, the way it should be. Other than the track We Are Ignitor, I think the album is quite enjoyable, especially the tracks Shadow of the Needle, The Kaiser and Island of the Damned.
McMaster is using a lot of his mid-range vocal style and it sounds great, really makes the album for me.
I can easily give this album 7.5/10. The production is crisp and the bass is very prominent. You’ll likely have to adjust the EQ to accommodate it.