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A bit like a technologically backwards Helloween - 66%

UltraBoris, November 12th, 2002

This is not a bad album - for 1985, it's pretty good. A slightly sped up version of Accept. These guys hail from Austria, and do classic/speed metal in the German style. i.e. Helloween, except they are contemporaries of Helloween and not quite as creative, so we have something a bit more subdued. There is nothing as overtly flashy as Ride the Sky here, and there is a far heavier groove present, in the vein of some of the middle-era Accept albums (Balls to the Wall for instance). That said, it brings more to the table than the total imitators like Tyran Pace, and is overall worth mentioning.

There exists a great 80s-style overtone to the album, especially in the lyrics but also the riff construction. These guys listened to their Accept, and also to their Motley Crue. Songs like "Dressed to Kill" and "God of Thunder" sound like a Teutonic "Shout at the Devil". That said, "You Don't Know It" is total blazing speed, like Fast as a Shark, and "We Swear at You" (should be "To You" but hey, English is not their thing) is a nice epic number that rings a few Manowar "Battle Hymns" bells.

The rest - good riffs, nice headbanging material. It tends to get just a bit old by the end, if there were one more song on the album I'd declare it overlong but for now it's pretty good. Vocals are average and accented, riffs solid, and lead guitar tasteful if not exactly Kai Hansen in originality. A decent album.