Rock Hell (Earache)
by Scott Hefflon
It’s funny, ya hear something like Gandalf and ya ask yourself, “Why didn’t anyone else think of this?” Blending Swedish melodic “death” metal (In Flames-style) with wide-stance AC/DC and Alice Cooper-esque choruses, you have the ultimate metal/rock hybrid fit for cloning. The stick-twirlin’ “L8X Queen” and the sing-songy “One More for the Dead” get the fists pumping and the devil signs thrown, and racers like the smirkily-titled “Nightderanger” get the blood pumping hard. So yeah, plenty of Iron Maiden drama and cock rock swagger amidst the duel guitar spiralling and vocal snarling. Check it.
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