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Various Artists
ISRAEL UNLEASHED
January 2009
Released: 2008, JMG
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Mr. Rock

ISRAEL UNLEASHED, the very best metal and rock from the holy land, is a compilation disc released through JMG featuring some of the best unsigned bands from the Israeli music scene. Simply put, this disc is a surprise as when I first received the disc, I was a little put off by the package, or better put, lack of a package. But that just goes to show that you can’t judge the music by the cover.



A combination of death metal, 80’s hard rock (“Heartbreaker”), clean (“The Offer”, “Sour Days”), female vocals (“My Secret Truth”, “Blind Still Trill”), black metal (“Desolated Spirits”), and total grandeur (“Knight Night”) ISRAEL UNLEASHED is chalk-full of talented bands and musicians. And what’s really nice about this compilation is the diversity of the music. Not a ‘death metal’ album, not a ‘rock album’, this disc shows that bands from Israel as a talented and unique as in any country. Each band submitted demos for the disc, the final 15 being chosen by the producer, and what really stands out is the quality of each song. There is a lot of care and attention gone into the sound of the disc, and if these are demos, and not re-recorded for the disc, then I am really impressed. The sound of each song is really, really good.



Of course, with any compilation disc, there are going to be some songs that just don’t make the grade, as is the case here. There are some here that I do find a little grating, however the good far outweigh the not so good. And it’s not that the songs aren’t really good, it’s just that they fall into the ‘uh…it’s ok’ category. They just need a little more work, and a little more time. All of the bands showcased here are, at the very minimum, off to a very good start.



JMG have some very talented people in their midst. With a little more promotion, a little better packaging, more than a couple of these bands have a chance at breaking into the big leagues. Here’s hoping that they get the chance.



GEMS: “Desolated Spirits”, “Redemption”, “The Coming of Soon”, “Knight Night”
Track Listing

1. “The Coming of Soon” – Abed – 4:41
2. “The Offer” – Noble Brats – 4:26
3. “Redemption” – Distorted – 4:42
4. “Selfish” – Seven Percent Mind Usage – 3:25
5. “Heartbreaker” – Crossfire – 4:32
6. “Sour Days” – Behind The Sun – 5:01
7. “My Secret Truth” – Manga – 3:46
8. “The Days” – Jet Sam – 3:15
9. “Desolated Spirits” – Xenolith – 10:52
10. “The Desert” – Desert – 5:11
11. “Six Years Old” – Epidemic – 4:44
12. “Abandoned” – Mens Rea – 4:55
13. “Blind Still Trill” – Xamavar – 4:36
14. “Easy Does It” – The Vultures – 3:17
15. “Night Knight” – Imblizze – 9:50

Lineup

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