"The Slaughter Returns" (Metal on Metal Records; 2009)

Reviewed by Snidermann

With "TheSlaughter Returns" Chile's Battlerage deliver solid, Iron Maiden-type metal full of violent imagery sword fights, hand-to-hand combat and battle on horseback. What fun!

Right from the start you know you are in for a ride with these heavy songs about blood, guts, glory and defeat. The recording is full of descriptions of an earlier time (but not necessarily an easier time) when the rulers were the person or persons with the mightiest sword. All you have to do is check out the tracklisting to know you are in for a bloody, bone-breaking good time:

Mortuus Advocare (Intro)
By Steel I Reign Supreme
The Battle Slain
Grind Their Bones
Dark Arrival Of Powers Malign
Metal Slaughter
Held High The Chaos Sword
The Axeman
Black Riders Of Destruction
From The Deepest Hell
Steel Supremacy (Ourto)
Blessed By The Axe (Bonus Track)
By Steel I Reign Supreme

As I listened to "The Slaughter Returns," I was running movies like "Braveheart," "Troy" and "Gladiator" in my head ... and I enjoyed all of them.

Battlerage: Fox-Lin Torres (vocals); Daniel Román (guitar, backing vocals); Luis Arenas (guitar); Francisco Vera (drums, backing vocals); Nicolás Archer (session bass player).

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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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