Monday, 7 June 2010

Straight up Metal with Saviours

I have been on a NWOBHM kick lately, spinning a lot of Iron Maiden, so I thought this would be a good time to share one of my favorite metal throwbacks from Oakland. Saviours came to be near the end of my time in Nor-Cal, but they grew out of one of the better hardcore bands on the scene in the late 90s, Yaphet Kotto.

There second record, Into Abbadon, sounds like a time machine back to the early 1980s. If they had been born 20 years earlier, these guys could have opened for Saxon or Judas Priest. Any fan of old school metal styling will find something worth listening to on this record. You can buy it here.

(Raging Embers)

(Into Abbadon)


  1. I tend not to like ex-punk kid metal bands because they usually either tend towards knucleheaded hardcore-influenced metal or they take up metal's imagery with ironic distancing...but this is actually pretty good. I didn't know them previous to this post.

    I saw Yaphet Kotto once in the late 90s and they were excellent, certainly one of the better bands playing that style of hardcore.

  2. I will add to my previous objections about ex-punk kid metal bands: the ex-punk kid doom bands that are heavy because they downtune, and for no other reason.