TAIPAN - METAL MACHINE (Killer Metal Records)
(Review by Officer Nice)
‘Down Under’ Heavy Metal has it’s own scène. Too bad that we hardly have the chance to see those bands. Taipan belongs to the old warriors of the Australian scène, released their first 7 inch somewhere in 1981. In their first period they came up with some more but between 1985 and 2007 there was a long time of silence, a first disbanding in 1987 was the reason. But the good news is they’re back since a few years and fans of traditional Heavy Metal should be pleased! Their previous album “Snakes” was amazingly strong and exhilarating.
This band is as True as it can be. This is pure Heavy Metal, a good example of what Heavy Metal is all about. Taipan knows how to write good songs, performs them excellent. Catchy riffs, interesting melodies and here and there tunes you might have heard before but they are so good that you keep on listening. All ingredients of the Eighties traditional Metal movement are present but the fact this band was formed in the Seventies allows me to say this band, although unknown, deserves a status of ground layers. Especially in their own country this formation deserves a statue.
What I really like about this CD is the variation you can find on it on the one hand, the dark atmosphere on the other. At least as thrilling are the leads, the way the ambiance is created, the fact Taipan dares to experiment with newer Metal sounds after almost 40 years of Heavy Metal. Take for example “Nemisis”, what an incredible gloomy song full of unexpected arrangements. As a matter of fact most tracks are qualitative, a pleasure for the ears, even on the highest volume. It would be unfair to compare Taipan with others, therefore they are too old and too traditional but to declare my excitement to spread the words about them I have to. Put Gravestone, Accept, old Black Sabbath, Bathory and Venom in a blender… add some Thrashy riffs and more than once a cold Doom tune in it and you will have Taipan. Even a blink of the eye to some Grunge is allowed… It also means that singer David Zerafa often changes his vocal sound, so he can constantly fit the music, he can express the emotions the lyrics demands…
This is more than ‘just another’ release, it’s a record that needs a place in your collection. These guys must be honoured and respected. Although they will be forever a footnote in the history book of Heavy Metal I hope that the author of this book will mark them in bold and red. It would be well deserved after all those years. Interesting record that will grow on you, spin after spin. http://www.myspace.com/taipan_metal.
My Points: 88 / 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