DENDERA - THE KILLING FLOOR (Metalbox Recordings)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
Dendera was formed in 2010, and only one year later the first EP ‘We Must Fight’ was released on Bored Stiff Records. Two songs (‘Hatechild’ and ‘Bridges Will Burn’) feature on this first full length release as well. Portsmouth is the location where they resides, and that’s the Southern part of the U.K., nearby Southampton. The initial idea was to combine classic metal with an aggressive modern touch, somehow like ‘the energy of a young Def Leppard and the prowess of early Iron Maiden’ quotes Taking Dawn. Anyhow, my interest was aroused and from the very first moment, I was pleased with the opener “For Vengeance”.
This band has two very strong points: The guitars are flashy and heavy and the skills of Steve Main and Tony Fuller are beyond every expectation. Truly Heavy, inspired and straight to the bone ! Secondly, the vocals of Ashley Edison are so well fitting to the heavy metal hymns of the band that he’s the main man of the band. Together with bass player Bradley Edison (brother of Ashley?) and drummer Andy Finch, they deliver Heavy Metal like in the good old days! This is honest music, straight from the heart with a lot of variation and outstanding tracks! The vocal chords of Ashley bring on a lot of remembrances to Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Besides this link he has also a very powerful voice, exactly what a good old school Heavy Metal band needs!
Most of the songs on “The Killing Floor” are played in a mid tempo with a lot of attention to the vocals and the riffing. The title song has a very long drawn-out intro, followed by a classic metal riff that brings goose bumps all over my spine. The pace is speeding up, but it’s all within certain limits. The final track is called “Till We Fall” which has a furious start but switches over to a heavy pumping track. All in all, the musical direction of the 8 tracks on this debut album is a bit the same from start to finish. It’s not bothering me, as the arrangements are thought over and interesting to listen to. It’s an album that has a few gems to discover, and those headbangers that are longing to the great metal bands like Maiden, Priest, Saxon en Scorpions, this should be your call!
Dendera added their (long) lyrics in the booklet and besides a few pictures of the members we get the CD wrapped in an average cover. It could be a screenshot of Call of Duty, or if we go back a few years, Rogue Trooper. Anyhow, the band surprised me all the way with their music and that’s the intention, isn’t it! The UK has delivered already so many great heavy metal bands, and I’m sure that Dendera will fit in that tradition as well! https://www.facebook.com/DenderaUK
My rating: 89 / 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