The fans of Running Wild have something scrumptious to put your
teeth into. Rolf Kasparek and Peter Jay Jordan have created a
new metal project called Giant X and this is the first child
from them. With decades of professional experience from the big
stages with Running Wild these guys have enough in their
backpacks with a lot of groovy rock music and heavy metal sound.
The German metal veterans have used the time well and have made
a personal and quite cool mix of tracks on this album. Both the
faster metal tracks and the slower blues/rock songs are strong
and very enjoyable. It's the vocals that are the weakest link,
but if you can handle the special German accent, you will be
very pleased with this disc.
A raw production and a basic metal style that keeps me smiling
and leaves me with a happy mood in my chest. Giant X manages to
keep my interest without advanced or complex technical
debauchery all the way to the end, despite the flawed song
titles and so-so vocal effort. It is the music that holds
together. The cliché rock-metal are sometimes too much like in
'Don't Quit Till Tomorrow', but I like it when I'm in the right
mood. The guitars are absolutely gorgeous throughout the album.
'Badland Blues' is one favourite song to me. Little slower and
more melodic. Stunning guitar solos!
Not the best album I've heard in my life, but if you are a fan
of German heavy metal and Running Wild in particular, this
should be of interest to you.