"Really Crazy Germans" (Valiant Music Productions/MetalAgen)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Adolf Castle, yet another solid band on the Valiant/MetalAgen roster, ply the musical trade in a sound steeped in the power metal tradition, yet with an '80s twist. Shades of early Metallica as well as Teutonic-masters Scorpions-styled power ballads all make appearances. However, this seems to be a bit of a 'greatest hits' package as there are references to 1994 amidst references like "seven wasted years" on the inner sleeve art.

Adolf Castle show off their high energy bollocks when they rip through tracks like "Iron Horses" with a nod to the dueling guitars of Iron Maiden and Scorpions. "Gallow Tree" recalls early Metallica in the vein of "Hit The Lights" without the sinister snarl. "Crazy Germans" brings a little punk into the power attack. The Eighties get another flashback with the power ballad "Heart Of The Spring."

The band takes numerous detours including the folky sing-song of "Oh Grand Old Alaric," a classically influenced "Vilissa," a bass solo reminiscent of Stu Hamm on "The Great Attila Inversion," and a live track "Fritz Und Hans."

Fans of good old-fashioned power metal like HammerFall or true metal like Manowar will all find something to like in Adolf Castle.

Adolf Castle is Dylan Troy on vocals, Wolf Hunter and Cyril Thor on guitars, Attila on bass, and St. Patrick on drums. Previous members of Adolf Castle that appear on the CD include Jorick Strizhevski, Danilla Zakharenkov, Bob Falcon, Mary Katz, and Valery Kipelov.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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