Mob Rules
Ethnolution A.D.
Release date: October 23rd 2006
Label: Steamhammer
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Style: Melodic Metal / Power Metal
Rating: 88/100
Reviewed by: Jørgen Ditlev
Date: January 7th 2007

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”.