Blake, Stephen & John, Andrew – The World According To Heavy Metal (Book Review)

December 1st, 2012
by J P

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2002, Michael OMara Books Unlimited
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Preamble/Intro

A quick pop culture reference guide that serves as an adequate introduction to Heavy Metal. Fun and simple for newcomers, possibly aimed at a younger audience.
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Jasper, Tony & Oliver, Derek – The International Encyclopedia of Hard Rock And Heavy Metal (Book Review)

December 1st, 2012
by J P

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 1983, Facts On File Publications
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Preamble/Intro

The first comprehensive Hard Rock and Metal Encyclopedia ever published. Very extensive but now 30 years old and dated.
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Robinson, Simon – Whitesnake: An Illustrated Biography (Book Review)

December 1st, 2012
by J P

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 1989, Omnibus
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Preamble/Intro

One of the very first, if not the first book about Whitesnake.
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Bienstock, Richard – Aerosmith: The Ultimate Illustrated History Of The Boston Bad Boys (Book Review)

December 1st, 2012
by J P

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2011, Voyageur Press
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Preamble/Intro

Another great over-sized coffee table, illustrated history from Voyageur press
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Berlinger, Joe & Sinofsky, Bruce (Directors) – Metallica-Some Kind Of Monster (DVD)

December 1st, 2012
by J P

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2004, Paramount
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Preamble/Intro

The iconic, self-financed Metallica documentary about some dark years for the band.

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Magnum – On The Thirteenth Day

December 1st, 2012
by Wasp man

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Scarlet Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Magnum, the venerable British rock institution has been on a remarkable tear in the last ten years. Their releases since 2002’s comeback album, BREATH OF LIFE, have all been solid to stellar efforts, with 2007’s PRINCESS ALICE AND THE BROKEN ARROW being a particular highlight for me. I unfortunately missed last year’s THE VISITATION effort, but was psyched to hear the band was returning quickly with this album – their 17th studio effort.

The lead team of guitarist/song writer Tony Clarkin and vocalist Bob Catley is still intact, so you know that the core Magnum sound of ‘70s prog rock crossed with driving melodic rock has not changed; and that’s just fine because ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY is chock full of memorable hooks and well-sung choruses. Lead track “All the Dreamers” is classic Magnum through and through, affirming that all is right on this well-produced effort. As always the sound is bright and clear, emphasizing the musicality of the band. Even heavier cuts like “Dance of the Black Tattoo” will have you tapping your foot and singing along. Sure, Magnum’s incredibly dated stylistically, but that’s part of the band’s charm – they just do their thing because they enjoy it.

I don’t need to go much deeper than that here; this is a Magnum album, no surprises, if perhaps a bit better written than the last couple of efforts. It’s unfortunate that the band continues to be an obscure entity on North American shores – they deserve your attention.


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Track Listing:
1. All the Dreamers
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Didn’t Like You Anyway
4. On the 13th Day
5. So Let It Rain
6. Dance of the Black Tattoo
7. Shadow Town
8. Putting Things in Place
9. Broken Promises
10. See How They Fall
11. From Within

Lineup:
Bob Catley: Vocals
Tony Clarkin: Guitar, Vocals
Mark Stanway: Keyboards
Al Barrow: Bass
Harry James: Drums

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Issa – Can\’t Stop

December 1st, 2012
by Wasp man

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Frontiers Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

I seem to be the resident Issa fan on Metal-Rules; as I’ve become quite a fan of her vocals over the course of her two previous releases. Hers is a voice that is strong, charismatic, and flawless – I’d be happy listening to her sing the phone book. That said, the song writing on her albums has always let her down a little bit with some lacklustre rockers and way too many ballads (although this is understandable given her love of melodic rock). So, for her third effort she has chosen to go the covers album route, featuring 12 “classic” AOR/melodic rock songs done in her own style.

One quick look at the track list had me thinking: Who? Seriously, aside from 21 Guns and Mark Free, I hadn’t heard of any of these bands, so right away Issa and her band show their dedication to their genre by laudably choosing to cover non-obvious songs. Known or not, one listen to the album proves that (most of) these songs are worthy of the attention. Issa’s band of Italians does an excellent job performing the songs, in particular guitarist Mario Percudani who effortlessly fires out riffs and solos. As expected, Issa’s vocals carry the album and her performance is as strong as usual – possibly her best ever on tracks like “Just a Wish” and “Do You Ever Think of Me” (both ballads, but good ones).

The album is of course laden with ballads, but there are enough rockers on board to keep things interesting. The first three quarters of the album is excellent, but some of the later songs drag it down a bit; the performances are good, but the songs not as catchy.

Issa has been working hard since her 2010 debut, and the work is paying off – I’ve seen more press coverage of this album already than her last two efforts combined. It’s well-deserved, and I know I’ll be looking forward to her next album.


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Track Listing:
1. Can’t Stop (by Aviator)
2. Power Over Me (by Atlantic)
3. Wherever I Run (by Regatta)
4. Just a Wish (by 21 Guns)
5. If You Ever Fall (by Mystic Healer)
6. Do You Ever Think of Me (by Message)
7. Dream On (by Blvd)
8. Stranded (by Tangier)
9. Heat of the Night (by Worrall)
10. I Won’t Surrender (by Tower City)
11. State of Love (by Mark Free)
12. These Eyes (by 21 Guns)

Lineup:
Issa: Vocals
Mario Percudani: Guitar
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards
Anna Portaluppi: Bass
Alessandro Mori: Drums

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Cradle of Filth – The Manticore And Other Horrors

December 1st, 2012
by Wasp man

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Nuclear Blast Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

It’s strange to think that Dani Filth and co. have been plying their love/hate trade for over 20 years now, and yet here we are in 2012 with Cradle of Filth’s 10th full-length studio album, and something like their 850th release over all (just kidding, it just feels that way…). In fact, the band has experienced a resurgence in the last few years, with albums GODSPEED ON THE DEVIL’S THUNDER and DARKLY DARKLY VENUS AVERSA being very well accepted and considered musical upgrades over the band’s somewhat lacklustre releases post career highlight, MIDIAN.

With the ridiculously titled THE MANTICORE AND OTHER HORRORS, Cradle continues their hot streak. You won’t hear anything new or shocking here, but you WILL hear a collection of great, enjoy able songs, especially album highlights “Frost on Her Pillow” and “Pallid Reflection”, both of which contain some of the catchiest riffs the Filthy ones have ever done. Main music writer Paul Allender has proven himself the most valuable player in the band for some time now, and although he hasn’t deviated from his formula here, there is a punk-like immediacy to these songs that wasn’t there in the past. As for Dani Filth himself – he’s the same as ever, if somewhat less shrieky this time. After all the years of punishment he’s inflicted on his vocal chords, I have no idea how he can still talk, let alone scream. And of course, his lyrics continue to be some of the best in the business.

What can I say? Cradle of Filth has taken a lot of heat throughout their career and this album will not change their denigrators’ minds. However, THE MANTICORE AND OTHER HORRORS is yet another vulgarly delectable addition to the band’s catalogue.


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Track Listing:
1. The Unveiling of O
2. The Abhorrent
3. For Your Vulgar Delectation
4. Illicitus
5. Manticore
6. Frost on Her Pillow
7. Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair
8. Pallid Reflection
9. Siding with the Titans
10. Succumb to This
11. Sinfonia

Lineup:
Dani Filth: Vocals
Paul Allender: Guitar
Daniel Firth: Bass
Marthus: Drums

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Kamelot – Silverthorn

December 1st, 2012
by Wasp man

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Steamhammer Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Kamelot fans were shocked when extraordinary vocalist Roy Khan suddenly left the band followed the release of 2010’s lukewarmly received POETRY FOR THE POISONED (I thought it was a great, if sombre, album). Khan’s distinct vocals had been a focal point in the band’s music for 12 years, so it was difficult to imagine another singer stepping into his shoes. After taking time away to lick their wounds a bit, mastermind Thom Youngblood found a hungry new frontman in Swedish-born Tommy Karevik. However, Khan’s vocals were not the problem that fans had with the band’s previous album; it was the song writing which had drifted quite far from the band’s power metal roots…enter new album, SILVERTHORN.

From the second he opens his mouth to sing on “Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)”, it’s clear that Karevik fits Kamelot like a glove. To the untrained ear, you can barely tell the difference from Roy Khan…I honestly didn’t think it would be possible, but the band found a guy that is every bit the vocalist Khan was and, having seen the band live this year, I can attest to his vocal strength and charisma. So, the first, and biggest, hurdle in the band’s return is easily cleared. But what about the music?

Well, one listen to advance single “Sacrimony” proves, to me anyway, that the band is invigorated and refreshed. There is a drive and energy to the song that was not present in either POETRY or GHOST OPERA. I’ve been playing it just about daily since I bought the album. Other songs continue down the chugging, mid-paced path of the last couple of albums, but fans who enjoy Kamelot’s fast music will find much to enjoy in tracks like “Solitaire” and “My Confession”. All told, this is the most complete and enjoyable Kamelot album, and easily in their top 3 releases ever. No question, SILVERTHORN will be in my Top 10 of 2012.


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Track Listing:
1. Manus Dei
2. Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)
3. Ashes to Ashes
4. Torn
5. Song for Jolee
6. Veriatas
7. My Confession
8. Silverthorn
9. Falling Like the Fahrenheit
10. Solitaire
11. Prodigal Son
12. Continuum

Lineup:
Tommy Karevik: Vocals
Thomas Youngblood: Guitar
Oliver Palotai: Keyboards
Sean Tibbetts: Bass
Casey Grillo: Drums

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Kill Devil Hill – Kill Devil Hill

December 1st, 2012
by Wasp man

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Steamhammer Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

I believe that most music fans have musicians that they follow, regardless of what bands he or she may play in. For me, one of those guys is drummer extraordinaire Vinnie Appice. Known to most metal fans for his long tenure with both Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell and Dio, Appice’s thunderous style has also graced recordings with Mark Boals, WWIII and, going way back, Rick Derringer (!). It follows then, that I was mightily intrigued when I heard he was forming a new band with Pantera’s Rex Brown, one of Blackie’s ex-W.A.S.P. guitarists, and a relatively unknown vocalist called “Dewey” (ex-Pissing Razors). With such disparate musical elements, I had no idea what to expect, and certainly not what I got.

See, if I had to put one of those journalistic classifications around KILL DEVIL HILL, I’d say that it’s a combination of Black Sabbath’s slow doom and Alice In Chains’ druggy rock – I’m not the only one saying it either. Most of the album moves at a snail’s pace, with only a select few songs kicking up the pace beyond a crawl (specifically “War Machine”, “Old Man”, and the album’s best song, “Strange”). All of the songs have their catchy moments, but with so little variation in the music, some of them tend to run together in a doomy drone. It’s too bad that several of the riffs don’t stand out, as there are some genuinely good ones sprinkled throughout the album.

This is definitely an intriguing, if flawed debut, and I hope the band sticks it out long enough to put out another one (it looks promising – they’re currently touring).


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Track Listing:
1. War Machine
2. Hangman
3. Voodoo Doll
4. Gates of Hell
5. Rise from the Shadows
6. We’re All Gonna Die
7. Strange
8. Time & Time Again
9. Old Man
10. Mysterious Ways
11. Up in Flames
12. Revenge

Lineup:
Jason “Dewey” Bragg: Vocals
Mark Zavon: Guitar
Rex Brown: Bass
Vinnie Appice: Drums

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Validor – Dawn Of The Avenger

December 1st, 2012
by Wasp man

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Iron On Iron Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

It’s been a long road for Greece’s true metal stalwart Odi “Thunderer”. His, and Validor’s roots stretch back to 2005, but it was only in 2011 that the band managed to get it together enough to release their debut album, IN BATTLE, IN BLOOD. Since then, the “band” has been reduced to Odi and a series of guest musicians (including the ever-present Greek metallian Bob Katsionis). Odi is persistent though, and has presented the metal world with his second Validor effort, DAWN OF THE AVENGER.

If the album’s cover gives you a Manowar vibe, congratulations, because in many ways this is the album we’ve wanted from Joey DiMaio and co. for about a decade now. While the production is quite a bit muddier than I’d like, the galloping riffs and He-Man lyrics (literally, in the case of “Greyskull”) are perfect fare for the Manowar crowd. Rollicking metal songs like the aforementioned “Greyskull” and “Glory of Thundera” (yep, that’s a ThunderCats reference – Validor is clearly a band unconcerned if they’re considered cheesy) are invigorating as hell, easily besting many of their traditional metal competitors. Hell, the band even throws in a cover of Manilla Road’s “Hour of the Dragon” just for the hell of it, showing that their roots go much deeper than you might expect at first glance.

The music is indeed refreshing but there are a few flaws. A couple of the songs aren’t overly memorable, and Odi’s vocals are an acquired taste. He’s certainly not bad, but his gruff, untrained style doesn’t always lend itself to the soaring riffs.

There’s no doubt that Validor is on to something here as this is an energy-filled album that is eminently listenable. This is definitely worth checking out for all fans of swords & sorcery-filled traditional metal.


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Track Listing:
1. The Walls of Troy
2. Son of Achilles
3. Thunder Rider
4. The Way of Steel
5. Glory Thundera
6. Grayskull
7. King of Steel
8. Hour of the Dragon (Manilla Road cover)
9. Hear Me Thor

Lineup:
Odi Thunderer: Vocals, Guitar
Bob Katsionis: Guitar, Keyboards
Alexander Mordor: Bass
John B. Valdar: Drums

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Tidal Dreams – Once Upon A Tide

December 1st, 2012
by Wasp man

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Iron On Iron Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Tidal Dreams is a new band out of Greece. They’ve managed to get their act together quite quickly – this is their debut full-length and the band only formed in 2011. Featuring a three-piece lineup that obviously grew up loving power metal and Iron Maiden, Tidal Dreams has a lot to offer metal fans, with one notable exception.

After the atmospheric title track gets you in the mood with the sounds of a sailing ship being loaded at port (seriously), “Back to a Time” launches the journey with heavy melodic riffs high redolent of the aforementioned Iron Maiden. It’s not nearing rip-off territory, but the influence is clear. The band’s own title track follows next with more of the same, but album highlight “Argonauts” takes the music into a higher gear with speedy riffs and a catchy chorus. The rest of the album isn’t quite as catchy, but remains solid throughout. The band even stretches out lyrically with the finale, “Descending” moving away from the previous fantasy-based lyrics to focus on world politics (!); a bit heavy-handed sure, but a nice break to end the album.

If that was all that was offered, ONCE UPON A TIDE would be an easy 4/5…unfortunately vocalist Nektarios Santamouris nearly wrecks the whole thing singlehandedly. While strong, at best his voice is off key, annoying at worst. His inflections are poor and his attempts at “charismatic” singing are more amusing than effective. I hate to bash the guy, but the band seriously needs to consider getting him some vocal lessons…or a new singer.

If you can get past overwrought vocals, there is much enjoyment to be had from this album. Musically the band is definitely on the right track, so hopefully next time it all comes together for a killer album.


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Track Listing:
1. Once Upon a Tide
2. Back to a Time
3. Tidal Dreams
4. Argonauts
5. We Shall Rise
6. Flaming Circle
7. I Won’t Fall
8. In Life Unfolds
9. Descending

Lineup:
Nektarios Santamouris: Vocals, Flute
Paris Valadakis: Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Apostolis Mistiloglou: Drums

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Heartache – Apophis

December 1st, 2012
by Erich Heintzelman

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, CNI
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Formed in 2008, progressive mettalers Heartache hail from Rome, Italy. Enduring early lineup changes, the band has persevered and released their first EP APHOHIS, which is a suite in four parts. APOPHIS will precede and likely build anticipation for their debut full-length EMPTY GARDENS OF SKY set for a near future date. The five member band plays a familiar and welcome style of progressive metal, pioneered by Fates Warning but with touches of Enchant as well. Apophis is the name of an ancient demon but it is also the name of an asteroid that passed close to Earth back in 2004, and I am guessing that is the inspiration for the suite.

The initial EP is just over 18 minutes long, enough to give a sense of the massive potential of the band but not enough to determine if the momentum can be sustained over a full-length album. However, the opening movement “Apophis Pt. 1″ immediately caught my attention, because it is precisely the type of progressive metal that I enjoy; clean picked arpeggios that invoke a dream-like ethereal quality. The inspirations derived from Fates Warning’s greatest album, PARALELLS are obvious, but there are many elements of Enchant’s best qualities as well. It is well over four minutes before we are introduced to Thomas Gabriele’s vocals which are refreshing in the sense that he has a more mid-range frequency instead of the expected Labrie/Tate school of how high can you go. In places Gabriele’s vocals recall Ray Alder but a bit lower in range. The limitations of Indie label production are not noticeable until the distortion kicks in, where an undeniable compression and lack of full dynamics are evident.

Overall, this is a fantastic release. The guitar work is of particular beauty and restraint, the riffs being progressive but not overblown or self-indulgent. It will be interesting to see how the band sounds with more distortion, as APOPHIS is primarily atmospheric but perfectly listenable and enjoyable. I am definitely looking forward to hearing the full-length from these guys, and if you are a fan of Fates Warning, Enchant, or Spock’s Beard then you will be looking forward to that date as well.


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Track Listing:
1 Creation (Apophis Pt. 1)

2 Awareness (Apophis Pt. 2)

3 Oblivion (Apophis Pt. 3)

4 Opportunity (Apophis Pt. 4)

Lineup:
Thomas Gabriele – Vocals
Matteo Palladini – Guitar
Giancarlo Vizzaccaro – Keyboards
Paolo Di Gironimo – Bass
Alessandro Giordano – Drums

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Arkham Witch – Legions Of The Deep

December 1st, 2012
by Robert Williams

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Metal On Metal Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Arkham Witch are a doomy traditional heavy metal band featuring two members from cult favorites Lamp Of Thoth hailing from Keighley, West Yorkshire England. The four-piece formed in 2008 and have one previous full length release and a six song demo to their credit.

By the time Arkham Witch\’s Lovecraftian influenced new album LEGIONS OF THE DEEP showed up in my mailbox I had already heard quite a few good things from a number of reliable sources about this latest buzz band who have already made a decent name for themselves in underground circles. Upon further examination and repeated listens I do see where people can draw comparisons musically to bands like Witchfinder General and Diamond Head.

The production is extremely raw and has a warm sounding analog quality to it. Like spinning vinyl on a turntable hooked up to a vintage hi-fi. The musical comparisons to the aforementioned bands ends with vocalist Simon Iff, whose vocals are very much an acquired taste in my opinion. On first listen his range came across being overly \”Muppety\” and lacking the kind of forceful delivery the music commands (Though this could also be attributed somewhat to Simon\’s vocals being buried in the mix). As I gave the disc a few more spins I could draw some vocal comparisons to Anvil and Raven. Cartoonish at times but enjoyable none the less for the most part. The disc kicks off with the slowly building, repetitive riffing of \”David Lund\” featuring some spooky sounding atmospheric melotronic keyboards come chorus time. This jam is close to nine minutes long providing ample time to down your first couple beers before delving into the hard rocking seventies doom worship of \”At The Mountains of Madness\” a tune that conjures imagery of tassled leather jackets and fog machines with it\’s purposely dated retro throwback riffs. This is a pretty cool song and probably would have made a more accessible album opener. I like the everything about the next song \”Iron Shadows In The Moon\” aside from Simon Iff\’s lacking range and delivery. He sounds like he\’s really straining to reach the higher notes and the track suffers a bit as a result, in my opinion.

\”Infernal Machine\” is weird in that the band briefly step outside of their niche in favor of gang vocals and really basic chord structures that would not feel out of place on an early Biohazard album if it were not for the vocals. \”The Cloven Sea\” is the most blatant rip-off I have probably ever encountered reviewing CD\’s as the theme riff is directly lifted from \”The Battle of Waterloo\” by Running Wild, albeit performed in a lower register. How in the world these guys thought they could pass this riff off as their own is beyond me as I challenge anyone to hear it and not immediately think \”Oh cool, a Running Wild cover\” only to be confused and somewhat baffled once the verse section hits. \”On A Horse Called Vengeance\” is a cool song, it has an eerie, graveyard like vibe to the sinister sounding opening riffs and then kicks things up a notch in terms of aggression in favor of faster, meaner sounding Bay Area influenced thrash. A right ass kicker this one is. I dig just about everything about \”Kult Of Kutulu\” this is a really catchy number, simple in structure, yet effective in it\’s end result. Sounding a bit like a lost track from \”Virgin Killer\” era Scorps. The title track on LEGIONS OF THE DEEP is a galloping, anthemic, crashcourse through the literary works of H.P. Lovecraft (As the intriguing cover art depicting a giant, winged Cthulhu rising from the depths, would reflect) \”We\’re From Keighley\” has a lot of heart with lyrics like \”Eat a bowl of fuck, I came here to party!\” reminding us come chorus time \”We\’ll tell you once and we\’ll tell you sweetly, Fuck You, We\’re from Keighley\” haha love it!

I feel kind of lukewarm on this album as a whole. It definitely has it\’s moments of greatness and seems to only appreciate in value on repeated listens but failed to instantly grab my attention the way I had hoped it would. Perhaps all of the hype I had read about this band built some damn near impossible standards to live up to. Does it sound like good ol\’ vintage heavy metal? Yes. Yes it does. Does it have bitching cover art? Totally bitching. Is the production sufficient? Damn straight. All in all, my final conclusion is that LEGIONS OF THE DEEP although good but not great is mostly due to the absence of any \”Holy shit! Wow!\” moments. Nothing on here really stands out as being over the top to the brink of sheer air guitar invoking awesomeness but at the same time could serve as decent background music to enjoy a pint to with your friends.


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Track Listing:
1. David Lund
2. At the Mountains of Madness
3. Iron Shadows in the Moon
4. Infernal Machine
5. The Cloven Sea
6. On a Horse Called Vengeance
7. Gods of Storm and Thunder
8. Kult of Kutulu
9. Legions of the Deep
10. We\’re from Keighley
11. (Untitled Bonus Track)

Lineup:
John Demaine – Bass
Emily Ningauble – Drums
Simon Iff – Vocals
Aldo Doom – Guitar

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Brute Forcz – Out For Blood

December 1st, 2012
by Robert Williams

Reviewed: December 2012
Released: 2012, Self Released
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Former pro wrestling tag team champions Slammer and Jammer along with British export and lead guitarist Will Wallner make up Los Angeles, California’s own “Kick Ass Heavy Metal” three-piece Brute Forcz. The no-nonsense, eighties inspired trio had previously self-released a four song teaser EP a few years back, with catchy, soon to be classics such as “Live For Speed” “Sex Machine” “Thrill Queen” and “Leather and Chains”

Fast forward to the tail end of 2012 and the wait is over for the “Big, Thick and In Your Face” full length release from Brute Forcz. All four songs from the debut EP are included on this Bob Kulick produced slab of bar room, brass knuckled, slobber-knocker heavy metal. I have been reading a lot of comparisons in the press to Motorhead and while musically that’s not too far of a stretch, vocally Jammer’s approach is less raspy, less hoarse than Lemmy. He has a cool, confident and collected grunt to his phrasing. You like Jammer’s vocals. That’s important, because if you don’t properly appreciate his good ol’ college try behind the mic don’t be surprised to find yourself wearing a neck cast for the next six to eight months as a result of a skull crushing piledriver administered through the Spanish announcer’s table.

I had damn near worn out my copy of the initial four song EP, so it was a sight for sorer ears when OUT FOR BLOOD finally turned up in my mailbox. The title track will have you banging your head in approval to the beat of this mid-tempo, assaulting, street prowler anthem. Brute Forcz have a lot of songs about bumping uglies and “Metal Injection” is no exception. If you were craving a song about laying a sultry, hot, bombshell of a sex goddess down in your bed and sliding a “Metal Injection” deep inside her, well… this songs for you. Another new tune on tap on OUT FOR BLOOD would be the hooky, jailbait riffery of “Teenage Lover” with instantly memorable lyrics like “Your young blood makes me feel like no other, Now what was your name again? My Teenage Lover”

“Torture Chamber” is as heavy as a ten-ton anvil descending from 100,000 feet in the air and delivered with the sincerity of three bad to the bone metal merchants hell bent on snapping your puny, mere mortal necks. Will Wallner delivers some bluesy, fret scorching leads as Slammer and Jammer put the pedal to the metal at decimating, ear shattering full volume. By the time “Hang Em High” hits I would expect any self respecting headbanger to have downed the better part of a case of beer, thrashing about their living room in full acceptance of this newly released platter of awesomeness (At least that’s what I did) OUT FOR BLOOD comes to an end with “Freedom’s Heart (Neda’s Song)” this song lyrically seems to delve away from the sex, booze and violence of the rest of the songs on OUT FOR BLOOD but musically remains firmly entrenched in hard rocking eighties metal glory.

The production on OUT FOR BLOOD is absolutely top notch considering the enlisted talents of Bob Kulick. The cover art however is not the greatest. It is a step above the cheap graphics that were found on the cover of the four song EP, but still a far cry from what a metal album of this caliber would require. The booklet is a simple two panel inlay that on one side features a collage of band photos opposite to a heartfelt tribute to a deceased close friend of the band on the other side of the panel. Being that this is at present a self released affair, the poor packaging is easily overlooked. I’m really at a loss for words why this release hasn’t already been picked up by an indie label looking for their flagship act or even a larger label in search of their next big seller. Be forewarned, this is a band to keep an eye on in 2013.

 


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Track Listing:
1. Live for Speed
2. Out for Blood
3. Metal Injection
4. Sex Machine
5. Teenage Lover
6. Leather N Chains
7. Torture Chamber
8. Thrill Queen
9. Hang Em High
10. Freedom\’s Heart (Neda\’s Song)

Lineup:
Jammer – Bass, Vocals
Slammer – Drums
Will Wallner – Guitar

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