“Ultimate Force”

By Theron Moore

Sacred Leather’s “Ultimate Force” is a party trip back in time when Def Leppard hadn’t yet poured sugar on anyone, Saxon were singing the praises of Denim and Leather, and Maiden were still prowling the Rue Morgue with Paul Di’Anno.  So, that should give you a pretty good idea of who and what this band is about.  “Ultimate Force” is classic, throwback, retro influenced, metal at its best.

The first three songs, “Ultimate Force,” “Watcher,” and “Power Thrust” are certainly battle vest tested and fist held high while the fourth track, “Dream Searcher” slows it down for a power ballad.  See, if this was ’82 or ’83, this would be the track you’d expect to hear with Nazareth’s “Love Hurts” or April Wine’s “Just Between You and Me” at a school dance, hand firmly on the ass of the girl you’re trying to score with.  But that’s neither here nor there…or is it?

Anyway, track five’s “Master is Calling” is exactly the kinda tune you’d jam in your Camaro on a Saturday night cruising the downtown with a six pack of Blatz, it has that kinda youthful, intensity that’ll take you back a few years.  “Prowling Sinner,” track six, is full speed ahead.  I could go on and on about the rest of the songs on this record but I’m sure you have an idea by now what to expect with “Ultimate Force.”  

But is it a good record, do I recommend buying it?  Yeah, it’s a good disc, it has heart and soul.  I like the fact that it captures the vibe and groove of an era of metal long since gone yet enjoying a revival of sorts, as of late.  Sacred Leather know their shit and sound tight as hell.  What I like to think they’re doing here on this record, is, they’re not reinventing the wheel, they’re just making it run smoother, maybe look cooler too.  I like beer drinking, fist banging metal, that’s how this genre should be, hell, that’s how rock N roll should be, right?  No frills, just riffs and good tunes.  And Sacred Leather got it done with “Ultimate Force.”  Give it a listen, it’ll grow on you, you’ll dig it for sure…