"Infatuator" (InsideOut Music America/Century Media)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Remember the movie "Armageddon?" At one point, Bruce Willis and crew journey into space where they plant nuclear weapons on an asteroid that is on a direct course for Earth. The theory is that - when they blow the nukes - the asteroid will explode into a million pieces, most of which will burn up in the atmosphere rather than strike the planet with a devastating death blow.

If only Willis and crew had a copy of "Infatuator" on hand. They wouldn't have needed those nukes.

A fiery hybrid of bands like Manowar and, especially, Judas Priest, Silent Force may have the single biggest misnomer of a name in metal history. There ain't nothin' silent about this band. With raging, high-tempo guitars, a hugely ranged vocalist (a la an early Priest-era Halford), devastating drums and a bass that throbs like the vein of a speed addict, Silent Force delivers an almost impossibly powerful metal force. If you banged your head to this stuff, the odds are good that if would eventually fall right the hell off.

Make no mistake - this isn't speed metal in the vein of vintage Metallica or Slayer. Silent Force play true metal like Gamma Ray, Stratovarious, Balance of Power and others. Only Silent Force play it with more ... well, force. As much as I like those other bands, I don't think any of them are as potent as Silent Force. 

The CD also includes an Mpeg video: "Beyond."

Silent Force is: DC Cooper - vocals; Alexander Beyrodt - guitars; Jurgen Steinmetz - bass; Torsten Rohre - keys; Andre Hilgers - drums.

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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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