|Review: Squealer - Made For Eternity|
|Made For Eternity|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2000
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: July 25, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Made For Eternity
I've wanted to check this band for a while but I always found the CDs to be too expensive. Thankfully, The End Records are now North American distributors for AFM Records and therefore those releases are available for a very low price. AFM Records specialize in quality power metal, and Squealer sure deserve the "quality" tag. The album opens with two fast tracks (and also my favorites), "End of the World" and "The Final Daylight", the latter being my favorite on the whole album - fast, catchy music and vocals. Shut up and headbang!!! The vocalist uses a harsh type of vocals on most songs, but the choirs are quite melodic so it makes for an interesting effect vocal-wise.
The album contains a surprisingly large number of ballads - 4 out of 10 songs, and I think that's a let down for the album. It's just too much for a metal album. The ballads are very good, but they overdid it, and I'm not too fond of having a ballad as the closing track of the album. There is also a cover of "People Are People". I know the song but I can't remember which band created it and it's not mentionned in the booklet. Cool cover anyway.
Squealer pretty much have their own sound and don't clown better known bands, and that's a plus considering the number of bands in the genre. It's worth noting that the drummer is not obsessed with the double bass drum. The vocalist uses raw and aggressive vocals most of the time, rather than the high-pitched vocals often associated with the genre, and this give a real good edge to some of the songs. Although in my opinion they could have dropped at least one ballad, this is a good album with ten very good songs that most power metal fans should enjoy.
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