Musically, you can tell right away with the opening track “Rogaland” that Kvelertak have not changed their recipe for success. It’s still that amazingly diverse mix of both rock, metal and punk all molded into a delicious mix.
But it seem like a winning formula if you have a band with a member named Erik. Put him by the microphone and It will work out for you.
On tracks like “End of Times” progressive metal-influences can be heard which makes this proghead happier than a piglet in a bathtub filled with chocolate pudding.
Seems like Biff is content with his role, after all it took him decades to decide on making a solo record. Was it worth the wait? The answer is… Well… Maybe.
Everything about this album is a few levels above what they have produced previous. There is purpose in the delivery of the songs, Hansi Kürsch singing with a higher level of commitment than I have heard him do for a while. John Schaffer´s arrangement for songs and the aura surrounding the same are blistering throughout the album.
This is hardly a metal album but if it was released in the seventies it would most definitely be labeled hard rock. I really liked their debut and this, their second album, is even better. It’s quite different but without losing their sound and style.
So after all, I really do like this album! But at the same time, I can still miss those walks through the woods with hobbits and elves that the symphonic metal scene used to give me.
The hits are on parade here with “Oh yeah” and “Junkies on a High” as the icing of this very American cake. Most of the tracks seldom exceeds three minutes. No intros. No bullshit. Just the way it should be.
The Soundscape is quite chaotic, as it should be when it comes to this type of music, but still as well balanced that listening is not a burden upon your ears but instead, although some might argue on that, quite enjoyable!
Old fans might think this is slow and dull, but the truth is, Stone Temple Pilots deserve to be heard, and not just a fast playthrough. They deserve to be listened to, because this is a good album!
This massive thrash attack on my ears end with “Sins of the fathers” and I find another band I need to follow more closely onwards.
8/10 Multi layered cake of guitars & atmospherically filled death metal. That is my first thought when...
Fallen passes through and sounds good and decent, but then it fades away and I can’t remember that much about it at all. After four spins, there are no songs I can hum along to and few titles I recognize when I take a look at the song list. I think that says quite a lot.
The riffs are crisp and forceful, the refrains are catchy, the sound is heavy… everything works great! If I were to pick on one thing it would perhaps be that no songs are really massive. They are all “really good”, which of course isn’t bad either, but it keeps me from giving a higher point.
Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) is a quartet capable of making music.
Sure, some of the new songs is quite good, at least in the fast parts, but it isn’t until the frantic riffs of “Flag of Hate” explodes over London that you remember how great this band once was.