JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 21/4/08
HELLACOPTERS / HEAD OFF
This is the Hellacopters final album and I for one will greatly miss the riff driven, melodic Rock ‘N’ Roll sound that they have become synonymous with, it started off as a side project by ex Entombed drummer and Dregan from the Backyard Babies and I am very suppressed that they never got bigger than they are.
There is nothing new or surprising on here but that’s not what the Hellacopters are about, they just want to play, good time, high energy Rock that was inspired by the Stooges and they succeeded and then some. The guys always new how to pen a good tune and the quality of the song writing was always set to maximum as the lead off track “(I’m) Watching You” demonstrates aptly and it doest stop there, listen to “In The Sign Of The Octopus”, “Veronica Lake” and “I Just Don’t Know About Girls” and you can see why these guys are the kings of the 3 minute songs.
As usual there is not a duff track on here and only one thing puzzles me, why were the Hellacopters so criminally ignored when they deserved so much more, please go and buy this CD, you wont regret it, I defy anyone to listen to this CD and NOT like it, I for one will miss the Hellacopters greatly but at least with have 9 excellent albums to keep us going.A
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 42 GLORIOUS mins + 14 TRACKS
First time I heard the track”Buried In Black” I thought to myself “that sounds a lot like Crowbar with Hardcore influences) and sure enough it was, the band features Kirk Windstein of Down/Crowbar (Vocals & Guitars) and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed/Icepick (Vocals) and Jamey is a big Crowbar fan and jumped at the chance to work with Kirk and the result is Kingdom Of Sorrow.
The mix of the two bands works really well with aggression of Hatebreed coupled with the Haunting quality of Crowbar, the songs are played with such passion and conviction you can tell this side project is a labour of love, how Kirk fitted writing and recording this in with the hectic schedule of Crowbar and Down is a small miracle but I for one am glad they managed it songs like “Hear This Prayer For Her”, “Piece It All Back Together” where the Crowbar influences are very noticeable and the outstanding “Screaming At The Sky” deserve to be heard by all Metal fans. If you like Crowbar / Down or Hatebreed you cant fail to like and be impressed by this praiseworthy CD, also listen out for: “Demon Eyes”, the slower paced “With Unspoken Words”, ”Lead Astray The Ghosts” and “Free The Fallen”.
This is without doubt a contender for one of the best albums of 2008 and I whole heartedly recommend this to all Metal fans and a well deserved album of the week. ESSENTIAL BUY
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 39 mins + 11 GLORIOUS TRACKS
KALMAH / FOR THE REVOLUTION
This is the 5th album from Finnish Melodic Death Metal band Kalmah and I’m glad to say their usual high standard is maintained on this superb album.
Musically they are in the same vein as Hypocrisy and Soilwork with a bit of fellow Finn’s Korpiklaani thrown in for good reassure, listening to the CD is a pure joy, the mix of the gruff Death Metal vocals contrasts very nicely with the melodic keyboard touches and the excellent guitar work. The melodies of the keyboards are very prevalent and help rise the songs from the test of the pack, check out “Towards The Sky” or “Dead Man’s Shadow” for proof. Also listen out for: “Wing’s Of Blackening”, the terrific title track “For The Revolution” and the pounding Metallicness of “Coward”, you know I will be playing this to Death on HFM.
If you haven’t come across this band before I can strongly recommend this album but be warned, you will find the uncontrollable urge to purchase their entire back catalogue, yes it’s that good.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 44 mins + 9 MELODIC DEATH TRACKS