They talk the talk, but do they walk the walk? This band from Boston, Massachusetts releases their second full-length and everything about this album looks fine; the nice cover artwork, the style of music they play and the production is o.k. But although they play a nice tough thrashy combination of metal influenced by Iron Maiden, Priest and other NWOBHM-bands, there is something missing.
The songs are too average. It never makes me excited and I miss the real spirit. Singer Al Ravage voice is decent, but can't really impress me. They play the right riffs, the drums hammer but they forgot to sound original and the song writing is too average. Recording the Priest cover "Nightcrawler" doesn't help them much, it's not really bad, but I prefer the original - a lot of cover bands are able to do this better. Even after listening over 10 times I can't judge it differently and they still don't win me over. It feels as if a good metal cover band has gotten some studio time to record an album with own songs. The production also sounds a bit old-fashioned, as if they wanted to create that 80's feeling.
I really hope for them that they prove me wrong and that they can stick a long nose out to me when they succeed. In my humble opinion they talk the talk, but they don't yet walk the walk!