• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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Image: Freedom Call, Land Of The Crimson Dawn, PitriffFreedom Call
LAND OF THE CRIMSON DAWN

One of the most difficult things there is to do when reviewing power metal bands is to find the slight variations in the sound from band to band.  While I'm definitely a fan of the genre, it is the most defined sound of all the subgenres of metal.  Let's face it - each and every song has a fast drum beat that rides underneath fast riffs which create a galloping sound to the music.  In short, if you can listen to a power metal album from start to finish and you never tap out the "da da dum da da dum" beat on the table in front of you, then the music is probably not very good.

Freedom Call is what I'd call a typical power metal band.  Their album, LAND OF THE CRIMSON DAWN, is pretty much what you'd expect from any German power metal band out there.  Their music features big, sweeping gang style choruses, galloping paces on every song, a pretty clean vocal and music that's pretty well within the framework of this musical style.  In short, LAND OF THE CRIMSON DAWN is a pretty typical power metal album.

That said, I hope you don't read it as a bad album at all.  It's not.  Songs like "Rockstars" are as solid as anything Primal Fear or Blind Guardian have put out in years.  Vocalist Chris Bay is not the greatest singer in that his voice is pretty indistinguishable, but he's solid throughout.  In a way, Bay reminds a lot of Joacim Cans of Hammerfall, particularly in his phrasing on songs.  Listening to him on material like "Crimson Dawn", it's hard to be sure that it's not Cans singing the song as a guest appearance.

Musically, LAND OF THE CRIMSON DAWN is pretty much typical.  They fall right into my main criticism of power metal; each and every song being based on "the fight", "the struggle", "marching on" and "winning the great battle".  Sure, this kind of music has etched it's place in the minds and souls of Dungeons & Dragons fans and annual Renaissance Fair participants, but the ever repeating message is somewhat of a downer in this genre.  There's no shortage of it here.  Song like "66 Warriors", "Valley Of Kingdom" and most others just emphasize this fairly typical storyline from which they write from.

PITRIFF RATING - 70/100 - Not bad, not great.  Definitely not something that stands out much, but at the same time not something you would turn off if it popped on your radio or IPod.  This is a solid effort from Freedom Call, although my bet is that if you aren't a follower of them as a band you wouldn't distinguish it from any of the other zillion just like them out there.

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