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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 9

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Righteous Jams: “Business As Usual” (Abacus Records)

As much as I think elements of Hardcore truly work in the various brands of Metal as we have seen in bands like All That Remains, and I Killed The Prom Queen we are pointed out to how stagnant it can be if there is no change whatsoever. The RJ guys surely give it their all but there is nothing that stands out on this release and much of it comes across as repetitive. Similar riffs and vocals on top of a very short album make this as uninspiring as it was uninteresting for me. Want something original? Keep looking.

Sentenced: “Buried Alive” (Century Media Records)

Live recordings are not unusual these days but one that captures the final show in a bands career are rare. Presenting Buried Alive as it brings you the end of the band Sentenced who ended their life on The Funeral Album (their studio recorded suicide note to the world). The concert features most of that album as well as older material and allows their fans to pay last respects one final time before the casket is lowered into the ground. The intended purpose of this Dark Gothic Metal band completed, its members have moved on. May they Rest in Peace.
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“Slavior” by Slavior

Artist: Slavior
Title: “Slavior”
Label: InsideOut Music
Release Date: 4/23/2007
Genre: Progressive Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Drummer Mark Zonder from Fates Warning is a technical drummer’s drummer based on the intricate and oh so tasty dynamics and time signatures we experienced during his tenure with the legendary Progressive Metal band. When he departed the group with their FWX CD, he was still a musician with a lot of ideas and much left to say about the way things were going. His new band would not do epics but instead present shorter and more to the point songs and each of them are led by his incredible levels of groove and understanding of how the drums not only hold a song together but sometimes also guide and morph the melody into a shape that it desires. Zonder would build a band with these ideas and the talented musicianship of Wayne Findlay and Greg Analla. Findlay’s resume is impressive for his consistent work with legendary Michael Schenker and he handles lead and rhythm guitars, bass and keyboards on this album. Vocals are Analla’s territory and his own diversity as a singer makes this work all the more effectively. The former Tribe Of Gypsies singer has a pure and passionate style to his sound and there are times when you will think of bands like Sevendust and Living Colour from his tones. Combined, the three you a unique mix of Progressive technique, Hard Rock with a Nu-Metal angst and powerful songwriting that will grab the Stone Sour and Sevendust fans right off the bat and even appeal to the ever analytical Prog-Rock contingent.
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