(Pure Steel Records)

Review by Sloof

Uptempo speed metal from Mexico! Yihaa!! After the release of ‘The Devil’s Bandit’ and ‘Street Law’, the band is back with a vengeance and their newest album ‘Death Rider’ will surprise the fans of True Heavy Metal! If you want a little description on what to expect, well take the best elements of NWoBHM combined with vocals like Raven, Primal Fear and Helstar’s James Rivera. This cocktail needs to be consumed with the volume at 10 and the neck muscles ready for another battle!


Split Heaven knows where the pit is, they know what people want to hear and that’s how ‘Death Rider’ came to be. Jason Conde-Houston resides in Seattle, USA and his high pitched vocals are a perfect ingredient in the deadly mix of Speed Metal meets Heavy Metal. The first track is the title track and you better sharpen your wits as Agent Steel their John Cyriis seems to be alive and kicking, whatever people want to pretend! He didn’t move to another planet, and he’s better than ever before!


My god, what an awesome voice, so check the YouTube channel and search for their video of ‘Speed Of The Hawk’! Carlo Hernandez and Armand Ramos add twin guitar riffs and solos to the songs and the overall sound of this album is truly great! No remarks at all? Well, yes, but consider them as details. I have little problems with some of the songs as they are sung in Spanish and that results in a lesser direct feeling. I prefer to sing along and shouting out loud, but that’s a bit difficult in a language that I don’t understand at all. On the contrary, the Mexican fans will love it when they spit their songs into the crowd, and that’s the main goal for a Heavy Metal band, isn’t it? Purchase via: http://www.puresteel-shop.com/SPLIT-HEAVEN-Death-Rider_1Official Split Heaven Homepage: http://www.splitheaven.net/


My rating: 83 / 100



95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish