CYANIDE SCREAM - BATTLE ON (Killer Metal Records)
(Review by Officer Nice)
There is something about US Metal. I can’t describe it nor can I catch it. I am not able to explain what this kind of music contains that it mostly takes me by the throat but they did it again! This time it’s a band that listens to the name of Cyanide Scream that leaves me behind with a good feeling. I know their debut “Unfinished Business” might ring a bell when you would see that specific front cover but “Battle On” is anyway a step forward for this trio out of Arizona.
Fans of Rival (when may we expect their new album?), The Rods and good old Riot should really purchase this goodie. It’s full of first class US Heavy Metal, with tons of NWOBHM tunes weaved in it. Catchy melodic lines form a red line, hidden in the roots this genre holds. Good written songs, awesome played performances and a band that constantly offers surprises, that is what Cyanide Scream stands for. Not that I can make up my mind that these guys are re-inventing our genre but it’s how they represent themselves.
Not only does this band offer quality in their arrangements, they are also able to add tons of emotions in it, are able to pull the listener into their messages. Steve Cone will never be the best Metal singer but his timbre does touch souls and also his leads makes me decide he’s a great musician. Music is after all an expression of emotions, only few are aware of it but Cyanide Scream teaches lessons to many young bands if you would ask me.
I suppose this band is far too traditional to maintain tons of attention in the media but no reviewer can say bad words about these guys. If they do I dare to say they don’t know what good Heavy Metal is all about. Oh no, this ain’t a classic album but it’s a product that deserves interest from all those old school Metal fanatics out there. Great release, no doubts! http://www.cyanidescream.com.
My points: 86 / 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 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard