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Open The Gate
Released: 2004, Independent
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
“Powerthrash From Germany” is how the press sheet for Psychotron’s OPEN THE GATE describes their sound. Comparisons to Testament, Nevermore and Iced Earth are made and while I don’t disagree with them completely, Psychotron definitely has a more modern sound. This is not the messy German thrash of Kreator, Destruction and Sodom. OPEN THE GATE was self-produced and released independently after a brief seven month relationship with Generation Records. This is only their second full-length release in nine years of existence and for an independent release, the cover art and packaging is quite eye-catching. Dual guitar riffs, a killer bass and vocals that take on hints of Testament’s Chuck Billy combine with some well-crafted songs that aren’t mind-blowing although it is a mystery as to why these guys aren’t signed to a label.
The chorus of “The Ticket (To Insanity)” bears a striking resemblance to Iced Earth’s “Stormrider” and the power metal gallop is in full effect complete with thunderous double bass sections. “Meine Holle” is a spoken word track in German that I believe translates into English as “My Hell,” which makes sense since the following track is the killer “Private Hell.” Here is where the Testament comparisons can be made as Matze Morbitzer’s voice parallels the melodic/gruff roar of Chuck Billy. “Beauty of Sadness” is a great thrash track with a melodic chorus and some stunning guitar work. The intro to “Closing Doors” and the final track, “Instrumental,” shows the prowess that guitarists Matze Braun and Kai Huissel possess. Brilliant fretwork on both electric and acoustic guitars. There is also a hidden track that begins at 6:24 of “Instrumental” that unless you speak German, you will be completely lost. It sounds fun but I have no clue what is being sung.
This is a good CD that despite being recorded in 2002 and shelved for two years, still sounds fresh. There are elements of power and thrash metal here but Psychotron have turned added to their formulas to come up with something new. Like Nevermore and Children of Bodom, Psychotron seems unclassifiable but the earlier points of reference will definitely be an excellent guide to those willing to check out this CD.
KILLER KUTS: “The Ticket (To Insanity),” “Private Hell,” “Beauty of Sadness,” “Closing Doors”
2. Open The Gate
3. God Nihil
4. The Ticket (To Insanity)
5. Meine Holle
6. Private Hell
7. Beauty of Sadness
8. Closing Doors
10. Necromantia (Welcome To The Dead)
Frank “Mampf” Herrold—Bass
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