|Review: Eco-Shock - Get Shocked|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 24, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
To get shocked or not to get shocked, that is the question. So, how about the answer? Well, the phrase "get shocked," does not accurately describe Eco-Shock's debut album, Get Shocked. Actually, this album is not shocking at all; it is rather ordinary. On Get Shocked, young newcomers Eco-Shock stay true to Traditional Heavy Metal while trying to pursue a new future in the metal world. If you are a bit worried about their fate, don't be; their future is secure because they know how to use their influences to create solid pieces of metal music. They are bit basic in their nature, yet they show enough promise to keep you interested in their subsequent releases.
Get Shocked was independently released by the band in 2009. It is very much in the old school Traditional Metal vein, from the music to the production and even the attitude. The production isn't great, owing, most likely, to the limited resources afforded most young bands early in their careers. Aside from minor issues with mixing and mastering, Eco-Shock has made a solid start. Their music is Heavy Metal by-the-book, traditional, almost plain in some ways, yet with several tasty flavors of early to mid 80s US and British Heavy Metal. There are even some hints of bands like Black Sabbath.
Each of the band's guitarists handles vocal duties on Get Shocked. They are both decent singers and, when singing together, complement each other nicely. The rest of the performances are acceptable with occasional flashier fills or runs. Some of the better tracks on Get Shocked include "Veteran (Long Live the Heroes of War)," "Love Child" (a very nice song that straddles the line between Heavy Metal and Hard Rock), "Metal Massacre" and the darkened "Rise from the Ashes."
Eco-Shock is worth a listen. The band is just starting out and should have a long time to blast your ears.
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