Mob Rules originated in 1994, when the Van Blanc
musicians Matthias Mineur (Guitar) and Torsten Plorin (Bass) teamed
up with Klaus Dirks (Vocals) and Arved Mannott (Drums). A
self-produced EP called “Savage Land pt. 1” was released in 1996,
and the band landed a deal with Limb Music Productions.
Two albums were released under the Limb banner
“Savage Land” (1999) and “Temple of two Suns” (2000), before they
moved on to Steamhammer/SPV where they have released “Hollowed be
thy Name” (2002), “Among the Gods” (2004) and the live DVD/CD “Signs
of the Time – Live” (2005).
Mob Rules originally started out as a Power Metal
outfit with fantasy lyrics, but nowadays they have incorporated a
lot of different styles in their music such as Prog and Melodic
Metal and some of the new tracks deal with politics like the six
part opener “Ethnolution A. D.”.
The music on “Ethnolution A. D.” is incredible
diverse, there is Melodic Metal on “Unholy War”, Power Metal on
“Fuel to the Fire”, Symphonic Metal on “Ashes to Ashes” and a great
ballad called “Day and a Lifetime”.
The vocals are really strong and the guitars kill at
several occasions, all part of an overall excellent performance.
With this new album Mob Rules has once again
delivered the gods, and I think it’s about time they get the
recognition they deserve.
Recommended tracks: “Day and a Lifetime”,
“Unholy War” and “Fuel to the Fire”.