"The Full Twelve Inches" (Levon Black Records; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The production on "The Full Twelve Inches" gives Gideon's Pawn a sound that makes you think of thrash metal ... but it's not quite thrash. The blistering solos might make you think of the dual guitar sound of Judas Priest ... but it's not quite Priest. And the vocals fall somewhere between Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Metallica's James Hetfield. But, as you may have guessed, it's not quite either of those either.

What "The Full Twelve Inches" is, however, is seven powerful metal tracks that explore a number of metal sub-genres without ever giving up a soul of their own. Most of the songs are solid rockers that run with the galloping speed of "Torture" to the almost jaunty "N.M.I.D.D." The guitars deliver crunchy, catchy riffs and dynamite solos throughout while the verses and choruses lure you into the song without sticky sweet hooks.

"The Full Twelve Inches" is an unapologetically metal album and that's good enough for me.

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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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