METAL REVIEWS W/C
CAGE / SCIENCE OF ANNIHILATION
I have to say that when I came across Cage in 2003, when their Darker Than Black album came out I was well impressed and when Hell Destroyer followed it in 2007 I was totally blow n away and thought myself, “it doesn’t get much better than this!”, however I am proved wrong because it does with this the bands latest blockbuster.
If you haven’t heard the band before they are in a similar vein to Iced Earth with mid period Judas Priest thrown in for good measure and if that doesn’t wet your appetite then nothing will but I cannot see how any Power Metal fan could not be bowled over by the fantastic opening track “Planet Crusher” a better opening track you could not get and that’s just for starters. the Power chords just keep on coming with “Scarlet Witch”, the Mercyful Fate styled “Black River Falls” and the riff hungry “Speed Kills” that is closer to Thrash Metal with its almost Testament like pace and bludgeoning rhythms, that leave you stunned, like being hit by an express train.
This isn’t just another Power Metal album that will get lost in the mass of releases, the stunning artwork will see to that, it will appeal to Thrash fans as well and once you’ve heard it you will be hooked like me, you may have problems getting hold of this CD but thankfully the band are selling it through their website (link below) and you will get a free patch, so do yourself a favour and go and buy it, well, what are you waiting for!
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 56 mins + 13 SCORCHING TRACKS
LAY DOWN ROTTEN / GOSPEL OF THE WRETCHED
If you like your Death Metal, tight, brutal, aggressive and relentless full of harmonised chords and fantastic riffs, then this new CD from German band Lay Down Rotten is just what you’re looking for.
Musically they are in the same vain as early Amon Amarth and if that doesn’t wet your appetite then nothing will, opening track “Hours Of Infinity” is a fine statement of intent that is hard to ignore, as is the riff filled “Alienating The Wore”, not to mention the haunting guitar melody of “Beyond Damnation”, “Thy Wont Be Done”, all full of Metal madness that don’t know the meaning of subtlety. What this album lacks in diversity or dynamics is more than made up for in the sheer frenzy of the shredding of chords, like it was going out of fashion, there are time when you just want wall to wall mindless riffing and that’s where this album come in.
This album wont win any prizes for originality or creativity but for sheer power and Metallic guitar frenzy it cant be beat, not for the feint hearted or the casual listener but if like me you love Metal then you will certainly get plenty of Headbanging enjoyment of it.
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TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 44 mins + 9 BRUTAL TRACKS
STEADLUR / STEADLUR
If your looking for some good time, hook laden, commercial Rock / Metal that will have you singing along in no time flat similar to Classic bands like Poison, Motley Crue, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, then you will want to buy this album.
All the tracks could easily be hit singles, the pop sensibility and credentials of tracks like “Bumpin’”, “My Mom Hates Me” and “Turn It Up” are impeccable and the balladesque “Angel, (On The Wrong Side Of Town” is sure to win friends and influence people everywhere. There is nothing deep about this album, it has no pretences or hidden agenda, its just good old fashioned Rock with a high Metal content commerciality that just begs to be played on the radio and would sound great coming out of car stereo in the summer with the top down.
This is the very antithesis of the Lay Down Rotten I album I wrote a review for and in its own right is just as viable, if not even more so, because it has a much wider appeal and should be enjoyed for what it is, writing and playing faultless material like this does take talent and flair and I see no reason why it should net be rewarded by huge success, buy, sing a long and enjoy!
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 36 mins + 12 LIVELY TRACKS