Power of Metal.dk Review

Shoot the Messenger
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 30th of March, 2015
Playing time: 32:04

Evil? Danish cult heavy metal band? Never heard of them. But if Mighty Music have agreed to release the album, one should think that there's something on offer here.

There is something on offer, but it's not something that I'd immediately consider worthy of a cult status. Perhaps in 1984, this would have made waves, but in the year of our lord 2015, this is hardly remarkable heavy metal in the vein of Accept and Priest, only without the talents of said bands. All music is delivered by Freddie Wolf who originally was the drummer of the band, but apparently thought that he might as well take over all instrumentation for this release. Well, yeah, why not? To be fair, he does a fine job, although most parts are used and borrowed stuff.

As much as I'm fairly comfortable with the music, although the quality is not evenly distributed across the 32 minutes the disc lasts, Søren Nico Adamsen's handling of the vocals is really getting on my tits. The former Artillery singer does a poor job of making things sound...well, good. He's for the most part shrill and annoying to listen to. His best performance on this album is the track Keep It True where he does great pastiches of Udo Dirkschneider and Klaus Meine.

So all in all, this is an album that only in part works for me, the music for the most part is alright, the vocals aren't. Cult or not.

1. It's Here
2. Darker Side of Mother Nature
3. Shoot the Messenger
4. I Could Be Your Hero
5. Big Show
6. Keep it True
7. Move
8. World War 666
Label: Mighty Music
Distribution: Target
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 28th of March, 2015
Website: Evil @facebook