|Review: Side Effects - Expedition|
Label: Underground Symphony
Year released: 2019
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 7, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
I was quite surprised when I first put Expedition by Greece's Side Effects on. I was half-expecting some kind of boilerplate Viking power metal and ended up with some pretty cool progressive heavy/power metal with a singer who certainly seems to do his best to sound like Bruce Dickinson. That's not where the Iron Maiden comparisons end; a lot, if not most of the album reminds me a lot of modern-era Maiden, especially around the time of Brave New World, but with a more aggressive stance more rooted into Maiden's classic early '80s era. It's not as epic and the band is, of course, not nearly as fine-tuned as Maiden, but one could argue that Expedition rocks more, though it's not as memorable (the fact that they don't repeat their choruses ad infinitum has a bit to do with that ;)). I wish this were a bit catchier and more memorable, but it's a lot of fun when it's on and it's a pretty strong debut.
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