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Released: 2013, Indie
Planted firmly in the melodic Metal camp, Metal Pistol has something pretty unique going on. They seem to have mixed Metal, Hard rock and a bit of a Wild West image on their debut, MAGNUM FORCE. This quartet is based in the NYC area and they have released their independent, debut album.
You would not be blamed for thinking that this might be a more straight-forward Metal band. From the bleeding red logo to the skeleton cowboy dude on the front cover to the song titles like ‘Toxic Sin’, ‘Buried Alive’ and ‘Destruction In Action’ but in reality they are considerably mellower. The core seems to be the presumable husband/wife team of Steven Stanley (Guitar) and Sunny Stanley (Vocals). The 10-track album is nicely packaged but the booklet could use a bit more work such as lyrics and more technical information. The production is a bit subdued, you can tell this is an independent project and time and budget may have been an issue as some of the songs. The vocals sound like they were mixed a little bit too far back and or seem to have lots of echo. As for the vocal delivery of Sunny, I like her sing-song style, some partly spoken, some sung lines, certainly a unique and interesting talent. Steven’s guitar lines are inspired by some classic rock/metal riffs and while I would not classify him as a shredder, he plays with some nice feeling. I would like to hear him cut loose a bit more on the soloing, rally let it rip and show us what he can do. The songs are mostly mid-tempo, even a little on the slow side, but I can imagine them working quite well faster in a live show. There are little hints of Blues, Southern Rock and Metal too all blended together quite well Overall Metal Pistol are grounded in the 70’s and 80’s traditions of melodic Hard rock with hints of Heavy Metal and some simple but decent song-writing.
MAGNUM FORCE is decent but not earth-shattering. I’d like to see them a little faster, heavier and darker and I think they could be a (magnum) force to be reckoned with. It’s good to hear bands still making this classic sound these days.
3. Toxic Sin
4. Pollution Solution
5. Magnum Force
6. Destruction In Action
7. Buried Alive
8. First Time
9. KIlling My Love
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