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Songs In The Key Of Death

Canada Country of Origin: Canada

Songs In The Key Of Death
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: February 24th, 2024
Label: Independent
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy
1. 1-800-454-8000
2. Feeding Frenzy
3. Don't Go Out Tonight
4. Fight To Survive
5. A Waste Of Good Suffering
6. The Gates Of Hell
7. Breaking News
8. Killer Klowns From Outer Space (The Dickies Cover)
9. The Ballad Of Father Malone
10. Brundlefly
11. Damien
12. Be My Victim
13. Sequel?

Review by Maverick on March 17, 2024.

Fun as fuck, and to the point. Modern incarnations of classic heavy metal can be a gamble, especially when so many bands which parade with the name are nothing but pre-metal rock and roll AC/DC clones. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but the horizon of credibility has taken a bit of a dip with modern “heavy metal” bands. The scene is reviving itself though, with bands like Blood Opera breathing a new sense of hope into the scene.

First, let me start by pointing out some similar bands. Chilean heavy metal band Shadows is probably the closest I could come to pinning this band down. Except, it is more “fun.” You know, it’s happier, resembling the kind of unicorn spirit that one gets from Dio, Rainbow or even a rocking power metal manifestation. You got the attitude, the riffs, and the vocals. It’s all here. While this isn’t a Mercyful Fate onslaught of satanic fury, it is kind of the heavy metal band that one could compare to bands like Pagan Altar, and Wytch Hazel.Second, the flare. Most metal bands these days try utilizing images and concepts that haven’t been used before. Like concept albums with bizarre premises. Yeah, don’t get me started. This band sort of goes with the traditional zombie and gore shit that’s typical of the early American death metal scene, with one exception, it is classical metal.Third, the music itself is something that is top notch. Combining psychedelic 80s sound effects, and early classic metal riffs. It reminds me of something between Motorhead’s "Orgasmatron" (instrumentally) with Twister Sister’s "Stay Hungry". It has the same kind of rock-and-roll and almost glam type vocals. Take 'Fight To Survive' for example, it combines that Twister Sister vibe with its own originality. Combining that cocky NWOBH type riffing with semi-glammy proficiency. Songs like 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' combine the modern metal entrance pieces to classic metal. It’s a combination of pure fun and what not. What’s not to love?. Fourth, I want to look at the drumming. Now, it doesn’t suffer from Motorhead’s punk driven interpolations, rather it has a balanced rock and rock meets classic metal edge. This makes it easy to listen to, without succumbing to punky overplaying. Top notch, fun, and no bullshit.

If you just want to have a good time, with classical heavy metal themes. This band keeps the faith. It isn’t hard to follow. Just a good rocking album that does not take itself too seriously. Really not bad. If you’re into Twister Sister, check this out. If you want something that is fun to listen to, check it out!

Rating: 8 out of 10