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"Big Iron - Falling Down, NeoBlast Records"

The self-proclaimed "Bastard Sons of Texas Bred Southern Metal" have taken what was good about their Texan benefactors (Pantera/ Drowning Pool) and amplified it with their own influences. Gritty tunes like “Mouth Hole” feature intense battles with Alepeño (guitar) and Dan (vocals) bouncing back ‘n forth countering each other with words and riffs. Ah, this duo takes us back to the days when metal was crisp and words were audible.
The CD’s most original tune is “Vanish,” which opens with a speed metal guitar assault and then swaggers into some sultry poetic muses like “the beauty that was you disappears… draining ever so slowly…hollowing from the inside out, your soul half inside your open head.” Overall this album is a great success. I could have lived without a few of the ballads, but it's definitely worth the $10 online purchase price (
(Marissa Bruce) - Harder Beat Magazine (USA)

"Review: Big Iron - Falling Down (Neoblast Records)"

By Chris Ayers
March 03, 2004

Mixing hefty amounts of flashy Pantera thrash with distinct neo-metal influences, Dallas-based Big Iron stand poised to transcend mere opening band status for a more substantial level in the biz. Their secret weapon is lead guitarist Alapeno, whose meaty hooks serve as spitting images of the same from Dimebag Darrell. Take opening shredder “Reality Check” — Alapeno’s steamrollering chords are the perfect foil to Dave Slaughter’s muscular kick drums and singer Dan Lehmann’s throaty, Phil Anselmo-like bellow. “American Pleasure Drive” finds Lehmann nailing System of a Down’s rap-like delivery, and the grimier title track rusts in a dusty corner of Superjoint Ritual’s garage. Minus the gang choruses, “Mouthhole” sports a Biohazard-like cadence with riff-alicious trimmings of Blind-era COC, while the ballad-like “The Truth” has a laid-back Disturbed/Godsmack vibe. “The Breakdown Is Coming” approaches the updated crunch of recent Anthrax, and “Vanish” and “Body Of A God” sound like outtakes from Pantera’s Reinventing The Steel sessions, with Alapeno’s incredibly accomplished guitar solos serving as a sonic stamp of approval for future greatness. As Falling Down is the shingle of a band that’s cut their teeth on touring and endless practice — nothing extemporaneous here — Big Iron are already taking Texas rock by the tail. - Exclaim! (Canada)

"Big Iron - Falling Down"

You take a spoon of Pantera, add a little bit of Machine Head shake it and spice it with a bit Down and put a load of Dearly Behaded on the top, put all those ingredients in the blender and you’ve got the band Big Iron! The gents Dan Lehmann (Vocals), Alapeno (Guitar), Dave Slaugther (Drums) and Todd Hezeaux (Bass) make good 80’s metal in the style of the above mentioned bands. This is the first time I've hear material from this band, the reason why? This is their first release for the American market. For Europe this band is still unsigned (now Neoblast will release this album in Europe).Big Iron started in 1994 and at that time they called themselves “Gravity”. After one three track demo and an EP they built up a name in and round Texas. In 1997 they signed to the German label Semaphore and under the name of Big Iron where they have released their debut album called “Tierra Del Diabolo”. That was a bit of band history, now on to this album that got the name “American Pleasure Drive”. This album sounds really good and the production of this album is really good. I would have preferred that they had put some more tempo in the songs but all in all it’s a good album. If you like one of the bands named before, than you have to listen to this band and I’m pretty sure you will like it. You can listen to a few songs from this album at the bands homepage were you also will find more info and how you can add this CD to your collection. Now this album is re-titled, re-packaged, and released internationally on Neoblast Records. The songs are the same, just slightly re-sequenced. This CD is now entitled "Falling Down" and should be released in Europe by Neoblast Records very soon. More info -


1997 - Tierra Del Diablo (Semaphore Records)
2002 - Acoustic CD (Indie)
2003 - American Pleasure Drive (Indie)
2004 - Falling Down (Neoblast Records)


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Fired up, full throttle Texas-bred Southern Metal has a bold, new driving force. Primed and ready right in the midst of heavy music's ongoing mainstream resurgence, Big Iron is determined to make waves on a worldwide level now more than ever before. Highlighted by hook-filled songwriting flair, vigorous energy and blazing guitars, this Dallas-based foursome's impressive approach is about as contemporary as it gets. But belting out no-nonsense, high-octane anthems straight from the Lone Star State is something the band has rarely had any problem doing for several years. So much so it initially grabbed the attention of the group's original overseas label who released Big Iron's first proper full-length - the Neil (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Cannibal Corpse) Kernon produced Tierra Del Diablo - to positive reviews in publications across Europe like Kerrang, Terrorizer and Rock Hard.

The onset of 2004 sees the arrival of Falling Down, Big Iron's most realized recording to date. Clocking in at just under forty-five minutes, the eleven-track Neoblast debut is concise and effective, making its point without getting bogged down by a bunch of unnecessary trappings. Opening screamer "Reality Check" instantly gets the adrenaline pumping while "Vanish" unleashes bluesy, gritty swagger wrapped around some standout moments from lead shredder Alapeno. Elsewhere, both "Someday" and"The Truth" emphasize a melodic focus as light and shade enter the picture then give way to the hammering bruise of "Mouthhole" along with the captivating refrains of "Seeds". The entire affair is put together with the sort of punch and pacing that makes it rather obvious that Big Iron has quite a grip on writing out fine-tuned setlists. The album's sequence and how each passing number plays off another as Falling Down surges forth simply demand repeated listening. Many of the songs are already live favorites, vividly coming to life each and every time Big Iron perform onstage. Expect them to be doing that and much more well into the rest of the year and beyond.