Soulhealer is a band from Finland and 'The Kings of Bullet Alley' is their debut
album. Let me first say that again this is a quality album from the Finish soil
with a modern production and sound and they play rather old school metal. NWOBHM
influences lay on top and bands like Saxon, Tokyo Blade, Fifth Angel, Accept and
Diamond Head enter my mind.
Soulhealer doesn't copy the mid 80's bands, but gives the music a twist of their
own and with the modern sound it all fits perfectly in the year 2011. With Jori
Kärki the band has a good vocalist that sometimes reminds me a bit of Ted Pilot,
but he uses rawer sounds too. The most important thing however is the song
writing; each and every song is very balanced and well written. The compositions
sound very familiar, without getting the idea that all has been done before. One
of my favourite tracks with tremendous guitar solos is "The Last Day". Also the
next song "Nowhere Man" has something special. Like all Fins members they know
how to play their instrument and for me this is a nice album to listen to. I
grew up with this style, but if there will be a lot of younger kids that will
pick this one up? I don't know, but it is worth a try!