|Review: Alltheniko - Italian History VI|
|Italian History VI|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 16, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Italian History VI
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Alltheniko have always been an odd band. They have cranked out six albums in the past decade, and while they are always competent and interesting, they are never as good as it seems like they should be. They combine heavy, fast riffs with the air-raid vocals of frontman/bassist Dave Nightfight for a sound that is not a million miles away from other heavy/speed bands like Ravage or Helstar.
I like this disc, but there's just not a first-rate songwriting sensibility at work here. Alltheniko, as always, impress more with their enthusiasm and energy than their proficiency. They play loose and heavy, with a lot of attitude and not much originality. Even the first time you hear an Alltheniko song, it sounds like you heard it somewhere before. The vocal lines are high-pitched and propulsive, but not very memorable. Here and there on the album the band will conjure up a really first-rate riff or melody, but then they either flog it to death or abandon it and never really do as much with it as they could. Another album from a band who always hover right on the verge of being great.
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