|Review: Airborn - D-Generation|
Label: Remedy Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 22, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Well this is fun. Do you miss the Scanner of old? Terminal Earth and Hypertrace Scanner? Me too, so I think Airborn are fun. This is the second album by this Italian band mentored and produced by Iron Savior/Savage Circus guru Piet Sielck, and it's an entertaining bit of German-style Power Metal.
D-Generation is absolutely all about old Scanner, with a modern gloss that is probably impossible to avoid. The album opens up very well with a bunch of fun but silly tunes like "Survivors", "Cosmic Rebels" and "Extraterrestrial Life". All these songs are speedy bits of fluff powered by big guitars and bigger, harmonized choruses that all sound a bit happy, but they are catchy anyway. The only reason I can't rate this higher is that there are some really poor tunes in the last half of the album, like "Heavy Metal Wars" with its lackluster chorus, or the extremely lame "War Is The H-Word" and "Zed". Fortunately the band pulls out of the dive with "Crystal Skulls" and then a BOC cover tune.
In the end, this is a fun album, and I keep spinning it, but it has flaws no amount of wishing will remove. For a cross between Iron Savior and 80's Scanner this is not bad, but I do wish this band had made more out of their influences. This is an entertaining album, but not a great one.
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