"Prey on the Fallen" (Self-released; 2013)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Prey on the Fallen's self-titled, self-released album is a dynamic collection of classic metal sound combined with a modern rock sensibility. Highlighted by walls of crunchy guitar sound and driving rhythms, the 10-track offering from this Los Angeles-based band draws you in from the first track and holds you tightly around the throat until the last note fades.

The straight-forward vocals remind me a lot of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider (a positive thing in my opinion, as I am still an SMF in good standing) and the anthemic lyrics will have you pumping your fist and singing along from your very first listen-through.

The original material here is reason enough to pick up this CD but a raspy, raw cover of the Eagles "Hotel California" is a nice bonus, giving new life to the way over-played original.

Prey on the Fallen is one of those bands you'll be very glad you discovered and their debut CD will no doubt make you, like me, into an instant fan.

Prey on the Fallen: Kurt Loun (Lead Vocals), Mark Bouras (Guitar), John Guy (Bass) and Mike Ikona (Drums/Percussion).

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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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