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Stairway - Interregnum


Back in 1993 Stairway debuted with No Rest : No Mercy with artwork made by none other than Rodney Matthews (who also worked for Magnum & Seventh Angel). For their fifth album the band decided to work with Matthews again, resulting in a beautiful cover depicting the four riders of the apocalypse. Though I don't see a connection between the cover and the lyrics, it fits the music on Interregnum. This is possibly the heaviest album from the band in years, perhaps even their best. Musically the band plays hard rock/metal with roots in the eighties. Some of the songs are more in the hard rock vein, like the beautiful I'm Calling with a chorus you can sing along to easily. On the other hand there are heavier tracks in the heavy metal tradition. One of these highlights is Enter The Light, which could have been a song from Saint with its dark riffing and energetic tempo. The musicianship of the artists is beyond doubt. Just listen to the guitar solos in I'm Calling or the bass work in Enter The Light. If you appreciated previous Stairway albums, you should certainly check out this new one. If you're into classic hard rock and heavy metal, with great melodies, lots of well played solos, and good, clear singing, Stairway is a name to remember.