This is – mostly – fun time beer guzzling rock n roll although the band do provide some fine ballads for respite.
Both Rage and Gorieu can riff and shred with the best of them, the rhythm section drive the songs and the icing on the cake is Voxx’s vox!
The standout track is Saxons and Vikings which sees a collaboration with Biff Bufford of Saxon sharing the vocals and tells the story of the Viking invasion of Wessex in 871AD
It shows musical progression but doesn’t stray too far from what listeners want from an Arch Enemy album.
The attraction is wholly down to the unlikely choices made by the band. The obvious covers draw you in, the unexpected ones keep you hooked.
Catchy melodies, huge riffs and those monumental grooves it’s no wonder Psychlona were picked up by Psycho Waxx
Krisiun were tired of the posers, so they brought it all back to square one with a brutal and more straight forward process.
‘Rock Believer’ is the best Scorpions album in years. The German metal pioneers go back to their roots when it comes to the sound of the album and at the same time unveil a freshness and dynamic that positively surprises. Everybody that lost their passion for Scorpions music after the release of ‘Love at First Sting’ should give this album a chance. It is worth it.
‘Gunslinger’, one of my undisputable top picks on this album of gems sounds like it could have been plucked from one of Hutchinson’s earlier albums. There’s a catchy familiarity about this track which makes for addictive listening and repeat play.