ALBUM REVIEW: Canadian Power Metallers STRIKER


CURRENT MEMBERS: Chris Segger; Dan Cleary; Adam Brown; Tim Brown; Pete Klassen

Canadian (Edmonton) power metallers
STRIKER, will be kicking off their Canadian
tour in Toronto on June 9 at The
Garrison. I took a quick look at their online
presence and was impressed by how busy
they’ve been. STRIKER has also been
nominated for a Western Canadian Music
Award for ‘Metal/Hard Rock Artist of The
Year’, the results of which will be
announced in October, 2016.

If you’ve been reading my past articles,
you’ll have seen that I’m not easily
impressed with indie musicians. I search
and search for something new and
exciting and occasionally I nd
something, but more often I’m
disappointed. Listening to STRIKER
initially had me shaking my head thinking
to myself, wow, they are just copying hair
metal from the 80’s, but I listened for
longer than 30 seconds and it raised my
eyebrows. These guys have my attention.

I found their entire new album ‘Stand In
The Fire’ on Youtube (posted by a fan,
which can’t be good for music sales) and
listened to the whole thing. I often
complain about a band not having “found
their voice” and having a lack of
originality, but STRIKER has certainly
found their voice. Bands often say “we are
unapologetic” (gawd I get tired of reading
that), but those bands don’t know what
unapologetic means. What it really means
is, when you play from your heart and soul
and you’re real and don’t hestitate, than
there’s nothing to apologize for. STRIKER’s
got that. They play smooth. They are not
posing. They’ve obviously played long and
hard together because they’re tight and
together as a unit. There’s a ton of energy
in their music. An energy that, sometimes,
is a little hard for the ear to take in the
way this particular album is produced, but
I can tell that they will be amazing live in
Toronto on June 9 .

STRIKER says they are inspired by
legendary bands like Iron Maiden. Their
Facebook page says they are a “New
Wave of Heavy Metal”, and I believe them.

They are new. There is something next
generation about them. It sounds like hair
metal, but then there is the double pedal
on the drums. It’s more hardcore. Then
they throw in a saxophone, just to confuse
you. I love these guys.

I liked them so much, I brought them to
the attention of musician/ lmmaker
Aaron Peters, who has started a new
“thing” at his production studio in
Winnipeg called ‘Drum Rides’. Peters
makes videos of drummers playing on a
riser that spins. The video affect is pretty
cool and the drummers have a riot making
them. The video creates some fun content

for Facebook. I told Peters he should
check out STRIKER. After they play in
Toronto (June 9th), they’ll be in Ottawa
(11th), Montreal (12 ), Quebec City
(13th), Sudbury (15th), Thunder Bay (16th)
and will land in Winnipeg on June 17
before returning to their home town
Edmonton (24 ). I suggested Peters invite
them for a Drum Ride during their stop in

Peters listened to the album posted on
Youtube that I shared with him and
initially didn’t seem very impressed. Then
he listened longer, and by the end of the
album, had this to say about STRIKER,
“At the risk of sounding like an old
bastard, I’d like to say that it would
be super killer to hear STRIKER
recorded in a way that harkened
back to analog. Or at least an
approximated approach to that
sound. STRIKER kick all kinds of
ass. I highly recommend this band
and any recording they put out. I am
actually proud that STRIKER are a
Canadian band. They do us proud
by carrying the metal ag like this.”
Aaron Peters

I kid you not, that’s what he wrote to me. I
was astonished. I like STRIKER, too, but
never expected that response from a
seasoned rock musician.

Peters has invited STRIKER to his studio
during their stop in Winnipeg. There will
be a ‘drum ride’ video to follow.

The band; Dan Clearly (vocals) Tim Brown
(lead/rhythm guitars) William Wallace

(bass) Adam Brown (drums) recorded the
album themselves with the help of Randy
Black (who lled in on drums while Adam
was away. Frederik Nordstrom (Bring Me
The Horizon, In Flames, Opeth) mixed the

‘Stand in The Fire’ is available on limited
edition orange vinyls at Striker- plus digitally on iTunes, CD

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