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Annoyingly Inconsistent - 65%

The_Blacksmith, May 11th, 2008

While it pains me to say this, this album is much less consistent than it’s predecessor, “Metal Magic”. And while the better songs on here are of twice the quality than those of the first album, the filler on this album prevents it from earning a near perfect score.

But lets look at the good things first. The production on “Projects in the Jungle” is a huge improvement over the debut, which was horrible and felt really rushed. Here, the band has clearly taken some time to give it album style production, rather than the almost demo-like feel of the debut. The songs here sound crystal clear, definitely an improvement.

Moving onto the music itself, some of the songs on here are absolutely amazing. The music sounds so much tighter and more professional now, with Terry Glaze really showing his capabilities as a vocalist. Diamond Darrel is really starting to pump out the riffs now as well as some great leads and solos, nicely backed by the rhythm styling of Rex and Vinnie. From the hair metal anthems of “All Over Tonight” and “Heavy Metal Rules” to the full blown speed metal tracks like “Out For Blood” and “Killers”. Remember the track of the first album? That song was also a full-blown speed metal number held back by a crappy synth intro. The title track here has no such drawbacks, full of thrashy riffs and catchy vocal lines that you’ll find yourself singing along and banging your head to the second time you’ve ever heard them. Definitely the heaviest track the band have done up to this point. Also worth noting is the more mid-paced song “Like Fire”. While nothing particularly exciting compared the to previously mentioned songs, it is certainly undeserving of the skip button.

Sadly, the same can’t be said for the rest of the album. Notice something missing so far from this review of a hair metal album? Yup, that’s right, ballads. The previous album has one ballad, which, while slightly forgettable, wasn’t completely horrible. When it came on, you found yourself thinking, “Oh, this is the ballad. I might skip this”. On this album, that thought will enter you’re mind as well. And shortly after this one will appear “Didn’t I just skip this song?” and when you get to the last track “Isn’t this the same song again, except with the intro from “Street’s of Rage”?”. Needless to say, these thoughts, and more importantly, their accompanying songs will begin to wear tedious. The skip button on you’re CD player will break due to overuse. The album will slowly sink to the back of you’re collection, only occasionally being taken out to listen to the good tracks, and you will have to suffer the ballads thanks to your broken button. And it’s not just because they’re ballads that they are crap, it’s because they are the most forgettable ballads ever written. “18 And Life” this is not, nor “Home Sweet Home”, or even “Every Rose Has its Thorn”. Unlike those songs, these ones won’t stick in you’re head. I can barely distinguish between the lot of them. The first two ballads on the album are also exactly the same length…hmm…

There is another song on this album, but this will merit the first assault on the skip button. It is nothing more than Diamond Darrel’s attempt at Eruption. Forgettable.

You may or may not have noticed that I have actually spend more time talking about the four bad songs on here than the six good songs, which leads me neatly onto what angers me most about this album. If the band had decided to focus on writing good metal songs – a thing they clearly can do -, instead of trying to fit into the then-current trends by over loading the thing with lame ballads that all sound the same, this album would easily get a near perfect score. They could have created one of the greatest glam metal albums ever, but they didn’t. They held back.

So in conclusion, I do recommend you give this album a listen, some of the songs are pure classics that the band should finally acknowledge as part of their discography just be prepared to break you’re skip button, unless you like lame ballads of course…