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Priest meets Maiden? - 80%

CallerOfTheCthulhu, October 23rd, 2005

So, the new Rob Rock CD has dropped. Beautiful. It's titled Holy Hell. Excellent. Do you know why they went with that as a title? No. I bet no one really does, but chances are that's going to be the first question on every interview the band does. But, one thing is for sure, it's one thing you are going to shout as soon as this CD starts.

For those of you who have never heard a Rob Rock CD before, chances are you will be in for a real treat with this one. The man who named the band after himself has been involved with many influential metal bands, including the ranks of Impelliteri, Avantasia, Axel Rudi Pell, and Jack Frost just to name a few. He definately knows what going on, and definately has an amazing sound on this album, which is easily describable as a sort of Judas Priest meets Iron Maiden feel a good majority of the time.

The album kicks off with the track "Slayer Of Souls", which is an excellent start. Pulse pounding drums and insane guitar riffs will grab you by the balls and not let go. This pace continues on through the CD, with the standout tracks definately being "First Winds of The End Of Time" and "I'm A Warrior", a more old-school traditional heavy metal track amongst all the others.

At the track "I'll Be Waiting For You", you are greeted by an old school ballad. The song isn't quite the best ballad ever released on a metal song, sort of giving off a slight Poison feel to it all the same time (bare in the mind the use of the word "slight"), but still a decent one at that. The only problem with this is that after six songs of classic metal, it just doesn't quite fit, it comes out of nowhere. While you'll want to break out the lighters, there's a good possibility you will want to skip this track in the future to try and keep the speed-feel of the album going. Everything picks up once again at the track "When Darkness Reigns", when it picks up for one more track before slowing down again on the song "Move On".

All in all, Holy Hell by Rob Rock is possibly one of the best heavy metal and/or power metal releases to have come out for the year. With his extensive and impressive background, it's no wonder why he is able to pull together such an amazing sound on Holy Hell from start to end. So if you are looking for that CD that will take you by surprise, or are just curious about what it might sound like if Judas Priest and Iron Maiden became one, then this CD is definitely for you.