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January 2003
Released: 2002, Silver Bullet Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

Patton have kicked the engines into overdrive for this release. Jason Felger and Bob Watson are back with their second disc under the Patton moniker after splitting with original group Steamroller. METAL is the title and the material certainly lives up to the title. Steamroller and then Patton are more known for their hard rock influenced tunes than their balls out metal approach. It seems that main men Felger and Watson have a chip on their shoulder this time around and it shows in the music. The sound is sharp and crisp and there are quite a few fast double bass infused tracks that create a new dynamic for the band. The old hard rock vibe is still present but underneath there is a darker more sinister version of Patton brewing that is ready to unleash its assault.

METAL opens with “The Other Side”. This is a perfect example of the revamped attitude of the band as they take the best parts of their previous sound and meld it with a new aggressiveness. “Smokin’ Like The Devil” takes Patton’s new aggressiveness and comes up with a double bass laden track that takes a cynical view of the mass media in today’s world. “Hypnotized” is a standout track that at times reminds me of Armored Saint crossed with Corrosion of Conformity. The anthem and battle cry of the release is the title track. The lyrics deal with trends and how they come and go but METAL always remains alive! The CD is closed out with another scorching track called “Your Gonna Pay”.

I was pretty surprised when I first listened to this CD. Patton have definitely hit their stride. The sound is heavier with a more crushing drum assault than what they had before. Jason Felger is a pretty good vocalist but I would love to see Patton add a really great singer so Felger can concentrate on guitar duties. This CD is definitely a step in the right direction for Patton. Patton are just good old fashioned heavy metal!!!
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