Album Review: Battle Beast by BATTLE BEAST
- IRON MAIDEN
- JUDAS PRIEST
- BON JOVI
- DEF LEPPARD
After those three enjoyable tracks, the next one really amps things up a bit. "Neuromancer" is a great track, it comes across a bit like JOURNEY on amphetamines with a bitchin' guitar riff and an awesome synth track in the background. It's followed instantly by "Raven", which we might as well just rename "ACCEPT tribute" right now because that is literally exactly what it sounds like. And "Into the Heart of Danger" is nothing if not SURVIVOR's "Eye of the Tiger" with a fresh coat of paint.
Things continue in this vein through the rest of the album; "Machine Revolution", for instance, might have appeared on a W.A.S.P. album at some point, while "Kingdom" sounds a bit like a tribute to THE SCORPIONS. "Over the Top" has a great, muscular, heavy riff that reminds me very strongly of old-school 80s SAXON, while "Fight, Kill, Die" practically screams "MOTORHEAD cover".
The band actually released a video for "Black Ninja", which is both hilariously stupid and unbearable to watch, but the track itself could not be more of a DIO tribute if it tried. And the album closes out with "Rain Man", which sounds a bit like IRON MAIDEN crashed headfirst into JUDAS PRIEST from the Ram It Down era.
Like I said above, no one in his right mind is going to accuse BATTLE BEAST of any kind of originality. There is almost none to be found. The album is full of riffs practically ripped out of the pages of the Gospel of Eighties Metal, and it's clear that these guys love the bands that they're trying to sound like. It's impossible to dislike their music or fault their dedication to their chosen style, because they end up sounding really great and the album itself is very well-polished.
I will say, though, that the vocalist's singing style is an acquired taste. I personally found it very grating at first, but then the music began to grow on me and now I can basically ignore the extreme rawness of her voice at times, because the riffage and the melodic aggression are very well complimented by her vocal style. This album and its music may be silly; it might be cheesy; it's definitely waaaaaay OTT. It is also immensely good fun.
In conclusion, this is NOT a groundbreaking or surprising album in any way, shape, or form. It is, however, an absolute blast to listen to.
Didact's Verdict: 4/5, highly entertaining, great fun to listen to, great fun to workout to, definitely recommended.
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