since I first heard their self-titled Demo CD, have I counted Jacob's
Dream among my favorite representatives from the very small subgenre
called US Metal. Since that demo CD, which was released back in 1996,
they have released 2 albums "Jacob's Dream" in 2000 and
"Theater Of War" in 2001 on the Metal Blade label - all of
them with David Taylor on vocals; he has on this album been replaced
by Chaz Bond. Chaz is not that far from David vocally, and I think he
fits the style very well - he might not use high pitched vocals quite
as much as David, and he's a bit more raw and aggressive in his vocal
approach. At times Chaz even reminds me a bit of Eric Clayton (Saviour
Machine), and I think they have found a good replacement for David in
they have very strong roots in US metal from the late 80's, with
albums like Queensr˙che - "The Warning" and Lethal - "Programmed"
springing to mind, but also more underground stuff like Oliver Magnum
or Deadly Blessing are some of the references I think of, when
listening to this album. But like the before mentioned bands the
shadow of Iron Maiden is omnipresent on this cool piece of metal. I am
pretty sure a lot of people will just simplify this and call it power
metal - works for me also ...
you can identify your musical taste with US Metal, Iron Maiden or just
good old school metal, then I suggest you give this album a chance. I
surely enjoy this album a lot! A cool thing I have to mention is the
hidden track (with the clock counting backwards) at the end of the
album - a very cool semi-acoustic piece.
Recommended track: There's not a single bad track on this album, so make your pick!