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Natural born killer - 94%

Starkweather222000, June 3rd, 2009

I'll try to make this review as straightforward as the album itself, sparing you all the useless chit-chat that I normally use as an introduction. From my point of view, actually, few people who have no idea who Chritte is or have no clue about Count Raven and doom/heavy rock in general will lay hands on this album. So, more or less we all know what's the story.

The story begins with one of the greatest doom metal vocalists of all time, Christian Lindersson (Chritte or Lord Chritus) teaming up with Unleashed guitarist Fredrik Lindgren to create Terra Firma and give birth to two excellent heavy rock albums. The latter of those is "Harms Way" and it is also the best in comparison. As the title of the review suggests, it is actually a killer album. Chritte is the most gifted of all of Ozzy's children, in a way that his voice actually both is and is NOT reminiscent of the Prince of Darkness. His vocals here blow me away, he is so melodic, emotional and expressive that he could teach rock singers how to do the job. But apart from that, the songs themselves are pure rock 'n' roll glory. Heavy as much as heavy can get, "Groundman", "Harms Way", "Have Demon Will Travel" and the list could go on covering the entire tracklisting. No fillers, no highlights, not a millisecond of boredom or relaxation. Heavy riffing and haunting choruses all the way. Those of you who closely watch Lindersson's career would expect something "doomier", but the game here is "groove and fun". So don't expect some Count Raven or Saint Vitus clone songs because you won't get any.

Too bad they disbanded after this one, I think the rest of the band (without Chritte) continue under the name of Harms Way, but I don't think it would ever be the same. He surely makes the difference here, singing splendidly over splendid musical compositions, and the result is one of the best albums of the 00's.