(8/10) Iron Magazine isn’t a new rock magazine. It’s the name of a band/project that describes themselves as ‘boundary-crushing-finno-canuck hard-prog team-up’. It might sound a bit crazy, but it is what it is and it’s the right description of what you can expect from “Queen of Hell”. Iron Magazine are four guys – Danko Jones, John Calabrese, Tomi Leppännen and Jussi Lehtisalo.
What this four-piece recorded is as weird as it's cool; and it doesn't really remind of Danko Jones. It might aim for a similar target group, thinking about the title track, but it’s far less approachable than what Danko Jones does with his band. This EP comes with a much wider approach. Iron Magazine mixes various styles and genres to a crossover sound that takes a while before the beauty starts to bloom.
"665" is one of these crazier songs that blends hardrock, classic rock a la Alice Cooper and unusual keyboard passages.
The next one on the batting order is entitled "Foes to Fire", which is a tune that's slower than the first two ones and it reminded me of Faith No More, at least partly. This has to do with the keyboards that are embedded as well as the phrasing of Danko Jones, something I haven’t heard of him before.
"Rise of the Death" comes last and belongs again to the more up-tempo tracks on the album. It's another confusing number that demand some time.
"Queen of Hell" is an outfit with Danko Jones, which not necessarily means that fans of the Canadian rocker also like what they get to hear on this EP. Iron Magazine is a rock project that gave creativity all the space needed, not aiming for the mainstream at all. But it can be very entertaining if you allow yourself to get into it.
- Queen of Hell
- Foes to Fire
- Rise of the Deth
Label: Ektro Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date EU: March 17th, 2017