MetalBite Review by JD on 8/6/2014
Out of all of the many varieties of metal out there today, the only pure one of the whole lot is old school traditional metal. Somewhat simple and straight forward, yet fluidly explosive and powerful, this is what metal has evolved out of. Today, the bands that make this music put a huge bit of a spin on it, while keeping the old school vibes – the results are incredible and healthy for the scene as a whole.
hails from France, and brings forth some old school metal with a little thrash to fill out their sound. Seriously reminding me like amazing bands like Saxon
, Tokyo Blade
(they do a cover of one of theirs) and even a bit of my favorite 80’s unknown Omen
. It appears that Gang
are truly being good students of the old school way of doing metal – but still they offer it up in their own unique sort of way.
I am in awe with every track on this CD, but a few stand out the most throughout this slab of pure metal. I love the power and intensity of both "Dying World" and "The King Became A God" because of the classic yet forward way they offered up the tunes. The other standout was the amazing cover of Tokyo Blade
’s "If Heaven Is Hell". Gang
gave an original sort of spin on the song, but still managed to keep the power and feel of the original.
Old school metal updated without taking the spirit away from it, this is what I fuckin’ live for. Gang
might not have stumbled onto a new genre of metal to grace us with, but they have made crucial steps to becoming a band to be reckoned with. They have the abilities, talent and passion, now the metal world has to clue in to the traditional side of things that are new too.
Rating: 8 out of 10