JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS WC 25/10/10
COUGH / RITUAL ABUSE
There have been some really good releases in 2010 but one Genre has been sorely lacking and that’s Sludge / Doom Metal, until now that is.
If were talking Doom Metal then the name Electric Wizard has to come up and the comparisons are quite obvious but lets face it if you’re going to be compared to another band it might as well be a very successful one. Surely I don’t need to tell you what the music is like? But Justin Case I have to, the words, slow, limbering, and ponderous, spring to mind, lengthy tombs full of foreboding, heavy as Hell riffs with the vocals that sound like the tortured souls of the damned. If all this sounds appealing to you then you will really enjoy the five epic tracks on this fine CD, such as “Mind Collapse”, “Crooked Spine”, “Ritual Abuse”, “Crippled/ Wizard” and the brilliant “A Year Of Suffering”.
If you like Sludge / Doom Metal you will find yourself playing this CD again and again and it will keep us going until the next EW album, totally essential buy.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 53 mins + 5 STUNNING TRACKS
FIREWIND / DAYS OF
If your one of the many people who have only just discovered Firewind because of Gus G’s involvement with the latest Ozzy album “Scream” then you my friend are in for a serious treat, especially if you like Power Metal.
This is in fact the bands 7th album and they have been going for over 8 years, so you have a lot of catching up to do and this is a very fine place to start, one listen to the brilliant opening track “The Ark Of Lies” and you will realise that these guys have talent a plenty and can write very fine tunes indeed. The brand of Melodic Power Metal with plenty emphasis on the Power and the Metal bit, with a very strong sense of commercialism about them, makes this a really good CD. The Guitar playing of Gus G is perfection itself, his technical ability is similar to that of Yngwie Malmsteen, with a flawless, fluidity and a strong Melodic bias that help makes songs like “Heading For The Dawn” or the superb, potential hit of “Broken” rise way above the competition. Another very fine track is “Kill In The Name Of Love” so is so catchy it will have you singing along in no time flat and the same can be said of “The Yearning”.
If you have only just discovered Firewind then getting hold of their older albums is a must and for older fans like me it’s a joy to see more attention being bought to a great band that rally deserves it, buy the hardback digibook as it has 3 extra tracks, including a Judas Priest cover that they did for a recent Metal Hammer tribute CD and it wont cost you any extra dosh, easily album of the week.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 66 mins + 16 SUPERB TRACKS