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Relentless Rifferama for the New Year
on 6 January 2014
Wow! You don't want to be listening to this album with a hangover. From the eerie Sabbathesque opener to the power ballad closer - and by "power" I mean "POWER" - this album beats you over the head with its unyielding, persistent strength and force. I mean just check out the album and track titles. That tells you all you need to know. Now I have to admit that when it comes to "metal" I tend towards the more traditional strain, Sabbath, Maiden, Metallica and the like, so don't tend to enjoy the more "extreme", "shouty" (sorry about the preponderance of "s) end of the genre, but for me this straddles both quite nicely. Sure the verses are a tad "shouty" but the choruses are glorious, ensemble jobs. Proper choruses that will go down a treat performed live I'm sure. It's not until we get about 2/3rds of the way through that we get a respite in the form of "If I could see you" and I have to say, this would make a great single if such things are still worth releasing. Am I tempting fate a bit by suggesting it is almost Bon Jovi esque? Well maybe that's going too far but all I can say is that I really enjoyed listening to this album, in fact it's on its third run through this morning as I type this, and it is probably Iced Earth's best work to date. Want to wake up the neighbours? Play this LOUD!