Nima : This Brazilian band has been around for over two decades, but as far as I can see, they released a demo in 2003 and now, fifteen years later, the first full-length player finally appears via the German STF-Records.
Steel Fox plays a combination of sturdy, mainly German-inspired speed, heavy and power metal, and they do that pretty convincingly. The band is clearly influenced by the old, more speed metal-oriented works of Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian, as well as bands like Sacred Steel, Stormwarrior and Iron Savior. The songs are generally quite up-tempo and the accelerator is being pushed down considerably, but the gentlemen certainly don’t lose sight of variety and melody. Although the band lacks self-identity and sometimes comes really close to their examples, the songs are well put together. The riffs are therefore sometimes quite predictable, but nevertheless interesting, strong, catchy and above all, utterly metal. The same applies to the vocals, although these are not always as convincing. This does not detract from the fact that vocalist Robson Alvesmen has an excellent and varied voice that fits perfectly with this type of music.
On a technical level, the gentlemen have their things together as well, and put up a strong and tight musicianship. The audible enthusiasm with which the whole is performed also does a lot of good and listening and headbanging pleasure is guaranteed. In addition, the record has been given a good sound and production, which makes the whole come into its own well. All in all, 'Savagery' is a not so surprising, but a very respectable, old-school heavy/speed metal album that will certainly appeal to the fans of the genre and of the aforementioned bands and co..