Reviews

HOUSE OF LORDS - Indestructible

Frontiers Music Srl 2015

It's enjoyably surprising to see House Of Lords still out and creating new music, during an era where so many renowned rock artists would rather tour off of their greatest hits or are simply too hesitant to re-enter the studio. With their tenth studio album "Indestructible" on offer and also celebrating the 10th anniversary of their recent line-up feat. James Christian, BJ Zampa, Chris McCarvill and Jimi Bell, this legendary outfit still knows how to deliver first class melodic hard rock tunes. Even slighty heavier as their previous album “Precious Metal” James Christian and his bunch are always a band a music lover can count on and you know exactly what you’re going to get no matter who is playing the music.

AOR H.


   

DEATHROW - Riders Of Doom

NOISE RECORDS 1986

In the Mid-Eighties, exactly at 1986, DEATHROW released their first album under the title "Satan's Gift" on Noise Records. They originally had formed under the name SAMHAIN, but thanks to the ex band Glenn Danzig had to change it.
But with that the problems did not end, no, the front cover was banned because of the brutal picture, so that the LP was re-released under the title "Riders Of Doom" and new artwork. At least live nobody put any obstacles in the band's way, so they could prove their qualities as support for VOIVOD and POSSESSED.

Musically I can only say: fast, faster, DEATHROW!!! All guns blazing. Straight thrashing, which will let your head fly off while trying to bang to it. Like in the vein of KREATOR's "Endless Pain", just with more power in the ass and really melodic guitar attacks like very old IRON MAIDEN.

Songs like the super catchy "Satan's Gift", which almost sounds like old BAD RELIGION in speed mania, the infernal "Spider Attack" or the brilliant "Samhain" will make Old School fanatics go nuts, if they can get the CD anywhere that is.

HMC


   

Wehrmacht - Shark Attack

New Renaissance Records 1987

Wehrmacht's Shark Attack is quite possibly one of the fastest thrash metal albums ever recorded. Somehow the band managed to fit verses, guitar solos, and other typical parts into 2-3 minutes in such way that in the end it feels almost like ordinary thrash metal that is just played faster than it really makes sense. There are lots of humorous overtones as well, some of them intentional and others maybe not - at times this band's spontaneous disorder brings even S.D.I. to mind. On the minus side, some of this fresh energy tends to get buried in the near chaotic mix of instruments. Wehrmacht must have been a great experience playing live, but on studio recordings some of this effect goes to waste even though the band's inhuman speed is impressive. That and the fact that this is by no means a piece of music you would enjoy frequently, and Shark Attack becomes something of a guilty pleasure. Not for the dead serious or those who value technical merits over high spirits.

HMC


   

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