(Review by Officer Nice)

Briar Rose was surprised by my positive review about their last album, I was pleased they appreciated my honest meaning. Tomorrow I will travel 700 kilometres to the Headbangers Open Air festival and to be honest this band brings me in the perfect mood for this garden party. As a matter of fact Briar Rose would fit perfectly the bill of the cutest Heavy Metal open air festival.

This album was released in 2009 and is another good possibility to discover this band. Briar Rose is a band that travels back in time, a trip to memory lane. Briar Rose is mainly influenced by the old school of Heavy Metal and the listener probably wonders why this record was released only a few years ago. Less than on their latest effort Briar Rose overgrows subgenres and on this silver disc you will mainly hear a mixture of NWOBHM and typical old school US Metal.

This band is pleased with a very gifted guitar player and as I’ve said in my previous review this lad, Mike Lepore, is able to bring the band to a higher level. Also on “Roses Are rare, Violence Is True” I hear very good riffs and outstanding leads. This is what good Heavy Metal demands, it is the basic issue on what Metal is built on. In this case it stays the strongest point of Briar Rose, no doubts about that.

But this band also knows how to write good songs and they prove it again on this record. I hear nine very enjoyable tracks which are true, well performed and good produced. Randy Blake contains a voice which fits the music very well and although he’s no super talent I really like his kind of vocals. I suppose it’s a bit like Dave Mustain, you’re into it or not but it fits all the way! Mustaine and Kevin Goocher (ex Omen, Phantom X) are by the way comparable if we talk about the vocal sound.

Another strong point of this band is the way they create the atmosphere on this album. I like samples in and between songs, it always gives an album that extra touch. Also musical wise and thanks to those special vocal lines Randy Blake often uses this atmosphere. “Morbid Angel” is a very good example of what I am talking about!

Fans of bands like Metal Church, Megadeth, Seven Witches but also old metallers like Holocaust or Angel Witch were without any doubts a source of inspiration. Briar Rose tries to give it an own touch but overall this is just a good Heavy Metal band. This is the kind of album that will probably never blow you away but will certainly never let you down either! Fans of US Metal should really check this one out at .

My Points: 83 / 100      


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish