"Garden of Chaos" (Candlelight; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Former Impelliterri throat Rob Rock returns with another batch of brazenly uplifting metal on "Garden of Chaos."

This 11-track offering is sturdy yet somewhat formulaic but properly showcases the excellence of Rock's trademark soaring vocals while doubling as an exercise in power metal guitar fury on cuts like "Ride the Wind" and "Spirit in the Sky."

Fortifying the music with fists full of nasty riffs and classic metal compositions like "Satan's Playground," purists from the heyday of early metal will have no problem cranking tracks like "Only a Matter of Time" and overall will find few flaws on this well-executed disc. 

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"Holy Hell" (Candlelight Records; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Heavy metal personified would best describe the latest serving issued by Floridaís Rob Rock, as this nine-track disc releases a potent metal assault. 

Produced by Roy Z., a guy with his share of experience in working with powerful metal vocalists, everything is high-octane and pushing the levels on "Holy Hell," from the scorching guitar solos to the watertight kick in the gut rhythms on tracks like the fierce title track. 

Righteously unabashed and guiltlessly beguiling, Rob Rockís metal assault is laden with classic metalís splendor and power metalís wallop, a hearty combination that metal fans will feast upon feverishly. 

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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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