"Metal Machine" (Metalizer Records; 2015)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

You might guess from the cover art of "Metal Machine," the latest CD by Corners of Sanctuary out of Pennsylvania, that this is one cheesy old school metal album, with its locomotive graphic, its fiery album title font and song titles like "Wrecking Ball," "Killswitch" and, of course, the title track.

And the good news (or the bad news depending on how you look at it) is that you would be right. "Metal Machine" is just what it promises, an 11-track celebration of 80s heavy metal packed wall-to-wall with chunky riffs, fiery leads and anthems about the greatness of heavy metal.

It's utterly harmless, of course, which is part of its charm, but certainly listenable enough. There's an undeniable guilty pleasure in listening to a band that has absolutely no qualms about being who they are and playing what they want to play, even though ... or perhaps especially because ... it's such a unblemished throwback.

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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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