Monday, March 30, 2015

Free Metal Monday: Speed Queen-Garage Demo


"We're Speed Queen and we play heavy fucking metal!". That about sums up this five-piece band
and their kick ass (name your price) D.I.Y.* demo. Influenced by the likes of Exciter, Skull fist, Enforcer, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Raven, Savage Grace, Sortilège and the Scorpions, with this killer slab of metal quite likely the group's first release, Belgium's Speed Queen is comprised of Thomas Kenis (vox), Andreas Stieglitz & Tom Neeskens (guitars), Lander Savelkoul (bass) and Toon Driezen (drums). These fist bangin' maniacs released "Garage Demo" back in late October of 2014 and this highly-recommend recording features two heavenly numbers in the form of Speed Queen's N.W.O.B.H.M.-inspired signature speed metal song and the equally sharp and snazzy "Fly High". Despite the short-length and the limited production costs associated with it, "Garage Demo" is worth downloading especially in you are a fan of N.W.O.B.H.M. and/or traditional heavy metal-infused speed metal. Hopefully there will be more where this came from as Speed Queen has that certain type of sound and style that's just screaming for a full-length release NOW and preferably one on LP! 

** On the group's bandcamp page they let us know that these two songs were recorded in a garage. Hence the title. That said, "Garage Demo" sounds really good for a home recording. In fact I've heard studio recordings that do not sound as good as this two-track release so don't let this one's title keep you from checking it out. Speed Queen's demo here is more than worthy of inclusion in your personal music collection and I wouldn't at all be surprised to wake up one morning and find that these guys have signed a long-term record deal!

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