The Legend and the Truth

Release date: April 21st 2006
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Wild West Metal

Rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 16th 2006

In case Sergio Leone (I know he has passed away) or Clint Eastwood should ever need a soundtrack for the story of the famous stage coach robbery in Tombstone on April 21st 1881, and the happenings afterwards, in which Wyatt Earp takes centre stage, culminating with the well-known gun battle in O.K. Corral, then they need to look no further, because exactly 125 years later on April 21st 2006, Dezperadoz is releasing the perfect music for the movie.

Main man behind this concept album about Wyatt Earp is Alex Kraft, and to fulfil his dream is first and foremost Dennis Ward helping him out both as a producer, but also as guitarist on the album. Sascha Tilger (drums) and Alex Weigand (bass) lays the foundations for the album, which also features some famous guests: Michael Weikath (Helloween), Tobias Sammet (Edguy), Joacim Cans (HammerFall) and Doro.

I do like the concept and the way they try to blend soundtrack music, country and western with metal. The album ends up being pretty entertaining, sounding just like the metal sound track for a country and western movie it's suppose to be.

Musically it's debatable if people will dig this rather unique and strange mixture, I do find the album has its moments, and it did put a big smile on my face more than once, but it never made me bang my head in sheer enjoyment. It does have some reminiscence of very old D:A:D - back around when they were still known as Disneyland After Dark. Throw in a few pinches of Danzig and Monster Magnet, and you might have an idea of the music?

I think you need to be in the right mood to really enjoy the entire album; little by little it's actually quite OK. But be warned, this is not a typically metal album by any means...

Yiiipppiiikayaaa Motherf**ker! Rawhide...