JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C
QUEENSYCHE / AMERICAN SOLDIER
Queensryche are best know for their groundbreaking concept album Operation Mindcrime, that is now considered to be a classic, their follow up a couple of years ago wasn’t quite as good but still better than most and now the band return with another concept albums that I’m sure will be seen as a classic in the very near future.
The album is about the 2nd oldest profession in the world, although the album is called American Soldier, if you put aside all the politics and religion this is about the inhumanity of warfare and explores emotional turmoil of the human psyche under the extremes of warfare. All the songs deal with the emotional turmoil that all combatants go through, no matter what side they are fighting for all suffer similar feelings of guilt, regret anger despair, grief and all the emotions that rise to the surface. The element that makes this album so haunting and poignant are the snippets of interviews with soldiers recounting their harrowing experiences and how they dealt with them, they are scattered thought out album and this gives the songs a very personal, human element that is so emotive that if you don’t get emotional during this album you either haven’t been really listening or there is something wrong with you. As for the songs themselves they are Queensryce at their best and the concept doesn’t distract form this, “Sliver” is short, hard edged and to the point, “Man Down” is heavy, melodic and terrific, “Middle Of Hell” is pure bluesy brilliance with a very haunting guitar, sax solo and “If I Were King” are so good you could listen to hem all day and into get tired of them. There is are couple of big power ballads too “Home Again” being the best and all this is under pinned with some great playing from all the band that is second to none and Geoff Tate’s vocals are at times inspired.
This album is so good it should be made illegal, it is an absolute, total master piece that to my mind is even better than Mindcrime and as good as and in the same league as the Wall by Pink Floyd, you HAVE to buy this album, I have a feeling this could be album of the year.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME 60 mins + 12 BRILLIANT TRACKS
EKTOMORF / WHAT DOSENT KILL ME…
If you like Chaos AD era Sepultura and early Soulfly then this new CD from Hungarian Metal band Ektomorf will be like a breath of fresh air to your ears, you will be amazed that there are no Cavalera brothers involved.
The album kicks off in fine style with “Rat War” and if this was on the current Soulfly album you would say it was one of the best tracks, that’s not to say that the band are copyist because they are not, they create new songs but done in that style and they do say that imitation is a sincere form of flattery. They keep cranking out the good riffs on “Revenge To All”, “It’s Up To You” and wait till you hear the fantastic track “New Life”; you won’t believe how good it is.
This is yet another fine CD from
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 41 mins + 14 FULL ON TRACKS