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| 30 January 2014 | Reply


Label: Nuclear Blast

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Nuclear Blast has a great rock album on their hands with the latest disc from Battle Beast.  This monster takes a nod from their symphonic contemporaries while keeping a solid guitar rock base intact.  “Let It Roar” does exactly that – it roars from start to finish and has all the components of a great opening track: killer guitars, full vocals, and a tempo that races from the opening note.  The energy on the first track is carried over to the guitar driven “Out On The Streets.”  The vocals are killer on this track and really accentuate the rock feel of the song.  This isn’t to say other songs like “Out Of Control” that feature more keyboards aren’t great, they are just different and  lend themselves to a different sound and genre.  Songs like “Neuromancer,” “Machine Revolution,” and Rain Man” are full of guitar riffs and vocals that build from the onset and develop into great rock tracks.  The vocals on the former are strong, but are accentuated by the heavy bottom end from the drums, bass, and background vocals, while the latter keeps the bottom end lighter and allows the keyboards and guitar to play off each other.  “Over The Top” is a great rock track that sticks to the basics and features some of the strongest vocals on the disc, great guitar work, and a pounding rhythm section.  This is one of my favorite tracks on the disc, as is “Black Ninja.”  This track is very similar to “Over The Top,” but features more vocals and a killer acoustic guitar solo that seems out of place, but adds dimension to not only the track, but the disc as a whole.

“Raven” comes at you with pounding drums and melodic keyboards that are enhanced by the chugging riffs and soaring guitar leads.  The vocals are a fine blend somewhere between Udo and Doro (the comparison is inevitable as vocalist Noora Louhimo has a strong voice besides having physical similarities).  The group even takes a stab at a rock ballad with “Into The Heart Of Danger.”  This track, while not quite a ballad in the way you might assume, does slow down the tempo and fierceness of the other tracks.  The vocals carry this track, but the spotlight shines on the guitar solo.  The instrumental “Golden Age” adds another facet to the disc, but doesn’t quite prepare you for the fierce attack of the vocals and guitar that grace “Kingdom.”  This has a different feel from other tracks, but features a killer drum track that fills the background, as does “Fight, Kill, Die.”  The latter also features great guitar solos and riffs, as well as soaring vocals.  This disc is chock full of rock goodness that pleases from opening note to closing riff.

Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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