|Review: Steavy Metal - Fear the Steel|
|Fear the Steel|
Year released: 2020
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 3, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Fear the Steel
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
In general, humor and heavy metal do not mix. A few bands have tried (Nanowar, Tankard) with limited success because heavy metal deals with playing loud music, killing dragons, zombies, anti-Christianity, getting laid, etc., topics that demand a certain level of gravitas in order for the songs to be authentic. Can you make fun of those things? Sure, but once you've heard the joke, what are the odds you're going to want to hear it again? Germany's Steavy Metal are the latest to put humor and metal in a blender and try to get the right formula. Spoiler alert; they don't.
Musically, the songs on Steavy Metal's debut Fear the Steel are heavy/power metal not unlike a lot of German bands from Grave Digger to Blind Guardian. They are played pretty well, actually and apart from being utterly generic, they don't sound too bad. Where this stuff really started to lose me was the vocals. Sure, the lyrics are purposely exaggerated and over the top with titles like "The Heavy Metal Unicorn" and "Every Night on You" (which reminds me of Rogue Male, another band with a goofy streak, and their tasteful "All Over You") and the singing equally exaggerated and over the top. Unfortunately, it's also bad. I imagine the singer is probably decent but in trying to sound like a caricature, he sounds like crap and it makes many of the songs unlistenable. Combine that with some inane spoken parts and what you have is an album that is a one-trick-pony that has no tricks. I like humor a lot and it can be combined with rock music (the soundtrack to This is Spinal Tap, anyone?) but Fear the Steel is clumsy and awkward and not an album I want to listen to.
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