"Pay the Fiddler" (Man in Black; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

As though they have crawled out of time from the 80s, Prowler Inc. deliver six tracks of pure 80s power metal.

Complete with galloping riffs (as though from Judas Priest's "Painkiller" rather than Metallica's "Ride the Lightning"), electric bursts of lead guitar and song titles like "Marching on Your Head," "Minor in Possession" and the title track, "Pay the Fiddler" offers fans of legendary bands such as Metal Church, Motley Crue and Grim Reaper a dose of what they really want: Pure 80s metal mayhem.

On the downside, you've only got six tracks here, with a running time of just over 23 minutes so ... just as you're really getting into it ... it's over. In addition, the band seems to love spoken word clips and dialogue and includes them on virtually every song. That tends to get old quickly.

Overall, however, "Pay the Fiddler" does what it sets out to do: Rock like the old days.

Prowler Inc: Brad Kubik - drums, vocals; Al Rhay - guitar; Ed Jensen - bass; Don McBee - guitar.

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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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