Power of Metal.dk Review

Freddy ... Nothing As It Seems
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 26 April, 2013
Playing time: 71:55

Bodyguerra is a new band for me. They are a German rock/hard rock band that has existed since 2009. When I see that this album has almost a whole year by the neck, I get a little skeptical. It usually means that it sold poorly or that they have changed their manager, who wants to give the disc a new opportunity. I have given this disc a few spins and there are a few songs that are OK, but most of it sounds unfortunately far too mediocre in comparison to what I would expect from a full-priced CD.

'Freddy ... Nothing As It Seems' is a concept album about a serial killer. Harold Shipman Frederik was a physician/doctor and between 1970 and 1998 (the year of his imprisonment) and 250 of his clients had to bite the dust. His devotional "work" earned him the nickname "Dr. Death". That sounds like a nice hard rock theme and I waited, and waited and waited for the "killer songs". But to no avail. It's not easy to do a concept album for your debut disc.

I had a hard time finding anything uplifting at all with this album. The vocals are too weak and fade, the production is thin as a crystal glass and I miss energies or any high technical guitar performances. Tedious and lifeless as chewing gum that are being solidified. Nice guitar riffing in 'In the End', the groovy track 'Dr. Death' and the quite melodic song 'Castle in the Dark' rescues it from my big and sharp splitting ax.

I'm sorry, but I have to add a stop sign on this.
The album is available on Spotify, so you can listen by yourself.

Vocals - Daniel Seebass
Guitar - Guido Stöcker
Bass - Nils Middelhauve
Drums - Hermann Focke

01. 21 Marker Street-Radio Edit
Dr. Death
Castle in the Dark
Spin the Needle
Path to Eden
The Retreat
I Wanted All
21 Marker Street
No Proof for Innocence
11. Smoke Without a Fire
12. In the End
13. Last Transfer
14. Coming Home
Label: Dust On the Tracks
Distribution: Brooke-Lynn PR
Artwork rating: 55/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 7 February, 2014
Website: www.bodyguerra.com