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Leather & Spikes

Austria Country of Origin: Austria

Leather & Spikes
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Release Date: 2008
Label: Self Released
Genre: Heavy
1. 1984
2. Leather And Spikes
3. On Your Knees
4. Other Blood
5. Walk The Line

Review by JD on January 22, 2010.

Austrian metallists Garagedays have done what I thought might never been possible. The band has brought the 80's brand of in your face pure Thrash/Classic Metal back without having it end up sounding like a really bad South Park episode.. In fact, "Leather And Spikes" is and album that needs to be heard.

There is no underlying or hidden meanings in the bands lyrics, nor is there twenty scale changing classical lines in the music... none of that. This is pure and simple Heavy Metal music at its loudest and finest. You got here some strong rhythms, searing wicked leads that bring back the days of the six string slingers of the 80's Power/Thrash eras (Overkill come to mind)... and all without making you feel like they are playing some dinosaur styled music that seems to be way outdated. At its basics - it is just the straight to the throat metal that all of us have ‘air-guitar’ to at one point in our lives.... and no fluff.

Five songs are on this CD... and each are a sucker punch between the eyes with brass knuckles filled with lead... its filled with great songs played just right. Power, fun and intense fury could be the mantra they live by... the only thing they don’t have is another five songs to go on it. It is sad that they don’t, but what they have will fill any metalhead’s heart with the thought of moshing, head-banging and beer swilling good times.

They are not a band to blow you away with their technical brilliance, or give you some thought provoking moment that makes you think for days... this album is a soundtrack to simply party with. Nothing more and nothing less. Garagedays say it all... party in the garage while we piss off the neighbours!! Just your basic fun put down on a silver disk for easy transporting.

Categorical Rating Breakdown 

Musicianship: 8
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 8
Originality: 7
Overall: 8

Rating: 7.8 out of 10