"Metal Bands Only" (Self-released; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Giving their band a lofty name to live up to, Metalhead aim to please the metal sect that likes it loudwith a slew of genre-spanning metal melodies and hard-nosed lyrics. 

Sounding like Skid Row circa 1992 ("Speedball") at times, this group keeps the backbeat heavy and the guitar solos ripping throughout with arena-rocking choruses on tracks like the gut-wrenching grunge on "Let's Get High," while "Toxic People" brings the mood down with maracas and a down-and-out Sunset Strip bluesy strut. 

The throbbing rhythm section stands out here as a driving force behind a lot of the tracks, especially on the Cult-meets-Audioslave stunner "Hell's Where We're Living."

No frills hard rock whose grooves dig deeper than most, Metalhead's self-titled endeavor sounds like a vintage band with a modern streak, perfect for those into Buckcherry and Velvet Revolver. 

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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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