Released: 2010, Pure Steel Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Can someone resist a dose of classic, pure and strongly traditional 80's-tinged US heavy/power/true metal? Well, it can hardly be resisted – and with the Indiana-based Skullview´s 4th full-length album, titled METALKILL THE WORLD, it may be nearly impossible to many of us. At least I know already it is for me.
It´s been 9 freaking long years since the band released their previous album CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE in 2001 - which by the way was an in-and-out excellent record from them. The band´s recently released album gladly makes no exception to this rule either. The band still counts on effortlessly floating riffs, epic-like atmospheres, Mike Lewis´ powerful, partly high-pitched vocals and easily adopted (yet somewhat simple even) song structures that all create a very pleasing listening experience. Everything is done in the true 80's fashion, also including the production that allows the raw bass sound even to spread a thunderstorm over the album nicely alongside with other instruments.
The song material on METALKILL THE WORLD is equally strong; every song stands out on its own, without leaving any speculations, or further questions for one certain fact whether this or that song should be on this record or not. One cannot really say that Skullview would have any dull moments on their latest album if you just consider yourself a follower of well-made traditional US heavy/power/true metal.
If some (un-) necessary name-dropping is needed here for giving a better picture about METALKILL THE WORLD. The obvious bands like Manowar, Iron Maiden, Virgin Steele, Omen and Vicious Rumors are some of those bands that may occasionally at least, push their heads out of the songs on this true-to-form record. However, maybe I am wrong, but it feels like Skullview is kind of an underrated US metal act that not that many people know of, despite having 4 such strong albums behind them already. Maybe more of us should give a listen to their latest, thoroughly enjoyable, album then, right folks?