|Review: K-Octave - Outer Limits|
Label: Hellion Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 26, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Another band name that I found a bit misleading - K-Octave makes me think progressive metal. The band in fact plays heavy metal with a few power metal elements thrown in, and there are hints of progressive as well. Confused yet? :) The music itself at times reminds me of some 80s metal, while at other times the sound had a more "modern" ring to it. The first song for example could very well have been an 80s Priest song. The guitar work definitely reminds me of Priest and I think I even caught a glimpse of early Def Leppard riffing (you know, before they went poppish...), while the vocals remind me of the ShadowKeep vocalist (who is said to sound like Queensrÿches vocalist but Im no QR expert so... your call ;)) - the vocalist is nothing short of excellent, good control of the vocals throughout the album and can hit some pretty high notes as well - although a bit too much for my personal taste, especially if I listen to the album on repeat. Rogue M from ShadowKeep now has some competition. :) While overall I find the playing just great, the third song has an annoying double bass drum sound that just doesnt belong there - its annoying and puts a dent into an otherwise great song. Theres some of that elsewhere on the album but not to that extent. Then again, this is pretty much my only dislike on this album. For the most part, I found myself headbanging almost as much as I would have on classic 80s material.
Im pretty sure this album will please those who miss 80s metal as "Outer Limits" contains a lot of riffs that seem inspired by that era. Its also reassuring to see another new band who doesnt give in to the current trends and play uncompromising heavy metal without bells and whistles. Highly recommended.
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