As I've gotten older, I have less and less tolerance for bands that just ape the sound/image of those who came before. This doesn't mean I dismiss every band that isn't wholly original, it just means I don't really need to hear the 30th band who have tried to copy RUNNING WILD.
But there are always exceptions. Sometimes the apprentice truly is worthy. A couple of 'em that i like, though probably shouldn't:
Yes, this is just blatant Black Sabbath worship. Same song structures, same vocal style, hell, even the song titles are blatant rip-offs os 'Sabbath titles and lyrics. these are the type of whipper-snappers I should be yelling at to get off my turntable. Buuuuuut, dammit I like this album! It is REALLY good 'Sabbath worship. it's not corny or cheesy, it doesn't feel forced at all, and it just hits all the right buttons to be really fun to groove to while driving. I've heard a little bit of their other output and it sounds similarly good.
Let's face it, it's been a loooooong time since Ozzy and Tony made a really great record together. And they're not gonna make any more. So while this may be a ripoff, it's a really good one, and it fits into the void left by the original masters of reality. If I don't feel like jamming one of the first few BS albums, I'm happy to jam this instead.
It's just 'Walls of Jericho'. Blatantly, unashamedly, 'Walls of Jericho'. Nothing new at all. But you know what? I fucking love 'Walls of Jericho'! You know what else? Helloween didn't really record much in that vein; after the EP and WoJ they added Kiske and shifted into the (godly) Keepers albums. Much as I love Keepers, I always wondered "what if Kai had kept singing and they made another album like 'Walls of Jericho'?". Well now I know and it's glorious!
This band offers nothing new 9later albums stray more towards RUNNING WILD) but they're really, really good at playing classic German power/speed metal. Even when their contemporaries bore me, these guys are great. I was lucky enough to see them play here in the US several years ago- killer show!
OK, someone else's turn....
"I'm sorry Sam, we had real chemistry. But like a monkey on the sun, our love was too hot to live"