"Army of Lost Souls" (Screaming Ferret Wreckords; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Based on this band's name, some of the song titles ("Blood of Our Enemies," "Demon Killa") and the cover art, one might expect Troll's "Army of Lost Souls" to be a collection of power metal tunes boasting fantasy warrior lyrics. Listening to the CD, however, would prove one wrong. Instead, the music found on this CD is more along the lines of 70s classic rock with some modern progressive elements.

Most of the tracks here have the classic sound of bands like Nazareth, Uriah Heep and a little Deep Purple. Occasionally, a little Black Sabbath stoner guitar makes an appearance. Vocalist Tom Mayo has one of those strong voices that fits this type of rock'n'roll perfectly; more than anyone else he reminds me of Glenn Hughes. And his lead riffs are razor sharp but never overextended. In other words, they always fit the song.

The songwriting sometimes seems a little one-dimensional but is varied enough that the album never gets dull.

Fans of classic rock in the vein of the bands mentioned above will most likely find "Army of Lost Souls" to their liking.

Troll: Tom Mayo - lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitars; Fred Dupont - rhythm guitar, backing vocals; Yukiko Fujii - bass, backing vocals; Steve Kenney - 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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