|Review: Solitaire - Extremely Flammable|
Label: Iron Glory
Year released: 2004
Review online: January 10, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (10 Votes)
This album cranks up the thrash a notch compared to its predecessor, which was more of a speed metal album in the vein of early Exciter. Here the speed is still there but things are a bit dirtier, thrash-style. Think of a mix between Exciter and Destruction along with occasional guitar work reminiscent of 80s Priest, and the result is "Extremely Flammable". As you can expect from that description, the music here is fast and a bit on the chaotic side at times, with some (few) more quiet moments here and there, but overall this is a speed-fest. The singer uses a harsher more thrash-like style here than he did on the previous album, but he does use the cleaner vocals as well. I found that the songs take a while to sink in - only a couple of them are immediately memorable, while the others are so damn fast that it's sometimes difficult to pick up their catchiest moments. The last two songs stand out a bit, with "Steel Against Steel" being a speedy metal hymn type of song, while "Boy Without A World"'s chorus could remind one of some Maiden songs, but played five time faster. None of the songs are even remotely bad, but some just don't leave much of a mark once they're over.
Just like the previous album, this doesn't really invent anything. But they play some old school stuff that old timers like me never get tired of. :) If you're looking for a new sound, this is not for you. If all you want is a good dose of old school speed/thrash, then this should keep you addicted for a little while.
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