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Driver – Countdown Review

Released by: Metal Heaven

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal



Line Up:

Rob Rock, Vocals.

Roy Z, Guitars

Aaron Samson, Bass Guitar

Ed Roth, Keyboards

Reynold ‘Butch’ Carlson, Drums



01. Return To The Sky

02. Rising Son

03. Countdown

04. Hollywood Shooting Star

05. Thief In The Night

06. Cry Of The Wounded

07. Always On My Mind

08. Feel The Fire

09. Destiny

10. Running From The Darkness

11. Babylon (European Bonus Track)

80s American orientated Melodic Metal at its very best… that is what this DRIVER is all about. Formed out of the ashes of the legendary M.A.R.S. project in the 1980s, the band only managed to deliver a demo back in the late 80s/early 90s before splitting up way too soon. Fast forward to 2008 and out of nowhere comes a full-length CD release of DRIVER titled ‘Sons of thunder’, which was the start of a second career and this time it seems it will last longer, because a 2nd album has now been released in the shape of ‘Countdown’..

The DRIVER of 2012 looks a bit different regarding the line-up, because I do feel that it is more a project of the excellent vocalist ROB ROCK(IMPELLITERRI, WARRIOR, JOSHUA, AXEL RUDI PELL) and Guitarist/producer Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, ROB HALFORD…) nowadays, as not much is left of the original line-up of DRIVER.

The new DRIVER album is featuring the kind of kick-ass 80s Melodic Metal we all love so much, reminding one of the classic RIOT, FIFTH ANGEL and LEATHERWOLF days. The combination of killer guitar riffs and superb vocals are well displayed in some serious catchy Melodic Metal from start to finish, so no fillers to be found here! Songs like ”Thief in the Night”, “Cry of the Wounded”, “Feel the Fire”, “Destiny” and “Running from the Darkness” are all very impressive and well-organized Melodic Metal Monsters with powerful 80s guitar riffs and fantastic vocalwork of Rob. You don’t want to miss this gem.


Written by Gabor

Ratings    Gabor    8/10

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