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Full Steam Ahead
June 2008
Released: 2008, Retroactive Records/Music Buy Mail/Artist Worxx
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Titanic has two albums under its belt; 1995’s debut MAIDEN VOYAGE and SCREAMING IN SILENCE from 2002, after which the band was put on ice. Now, 6 years later, the band is back in the game led by bandleader and guitarist Bill Menchen. The line-up is brand-new and it seems as though the Christian act Titanic is a project because they’re now a trio. They deliver 80’s heavy metal topped with a lot of edgy guitar riffs and energy. The new lead singer Andrew has a suitable voice and he was the perfect choice for a singer. If you’re into bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Ozzy then this is a band for you.

All of the songs are written by Menchen and if you look at both the band name and the titles of the songs you can guess what the album is all about. To be honest, I’m a bit bored with theme and concept albums and this is no exception. Sure, the music is neatly-executed and very well-written but there are some low points when it comes to the material. A few of the mid-tempo songs are just plain boring and the lyrics don’t feel up-to-date.

The band’s weakest links are the songs; the rest of the album - like the production and the music - feels solid and quite energetic. The recording was done at Twin Blade Studio in Las Vegas and the producer has done everything totally right. I haven’t heard the band’s previous albums, but now that I have heard this one my lasting impression is that it’s a solid album when it comes to the music and production, but the songs leave more to wish for.
Track Listing

1. Shovel The Coal
2. Dead Men’s Bones
3. Deep Down
4. Captain Of The Ship
5. Holy Ground
6. Sons Of Thunder
7. Upon The Cross
8. The Wind
9. Wisdom
10. The Sea
11. Nightmare
12. Come Home


David St Andrew – lead vocals
David White – drums
Bill Menchen – guitar, bass

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