"Metaldrone" (NTQ Records)
Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton
I've always thought that the term "80's metal" was unfair. It tends to indicate that the music in question is stale and tired and - although that is indeed sometimes the case - more often it is not.
Mars' "Metaldrone" is a perfect example. It's got that 80s metal sound - sort of a cross between Ratt, Starz and Twisted Sister (it should - it was originally released in 1987 on vinyl only) - but is still as fresh and as viable as anything by Pantera or any of the former-superstar grunge bands. It's not as skull-numbing, of course, but that's part of the attraction.
The CD's best tracks are the first song, "Breakin' My Heart," (no, not the Elton John/Kiki Dee pop hit); the title track, which brings to mind the heavy metal soundtrack for an as yet unmade "Mad Max" movie and "Damnation" a song that sounds like its name.
Unfortunately, there's a clunker here as well: "It's Your Life," the token ballad. The lyrics are okay but the music is slow-paced and typical.
This version of the CD also includes the bonus tracks, "Speed King," "Knifemare" (great name for a song...or a horror movie) and "Beast in the Sky." Also available is a full multi-media CD including additional video, lyrics liner notes and more.
Anyone who thinks that 80s metal (there's that term again) is dead should give "Metaldrone" a listen or two. Or more.
MARS is: Scott Davis; Jimi Jaymz, Mark Chulick, Fred Haener.
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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