Speedwolf Ride with Death

Speedwolf Ride with Death
If Speedwolf put hometown anthem "Denver 666" as the opener for Ride With Death, they'd have a far better chance of rallying the ragers together in praise of this album. Instead, as their standout song and solidest statement of being, it sits at the end, long after a promising start has sputtered out amidst a wash of NWOBHM/proto-thrash rehash that, while done well, doesn't excuse a band for being a little too close to a one-trick pony. On the plus side, the hard-charging quartet live up to their name, with breakneck tempos and feverish double-kick providing a small but worthy update to the Motörhead-laden foundation they seek to so faithfully reproduce. Some darker influences also provide a worthy detour, as on "Death Ripper," which features raw, older, Toxic Holocaust-style vocals paired with an old-school delivery. However, the band have forgotten that the vintage influences they so strictly adhere to had songs that could be differentiated from one another and suffer unfortunately the consequences. (Hells Headbangers)