|Review: Skullview - Metalkill the World|
|Metalkill the World|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 31, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Metalkill the World
For an album that is ostensibly simple "Heavy Metal," there sure is a lot going with Skullview's MetalKill the World. To be sure, MetalKill the World is chock full of crushing riffs, thundering bass lines and screaming vocals, but there is also an epic quality to the album. Without sounding like any one band in particular (no mean feat), Skullview manages to remind me of Iron Maiden, Manowar and Jag Panzer, among many others. They even thrash like early Slayer on occasion. Tracks like "Legions of the Star Scroll" and "The Bruise" are straight up, mid to fast paced songs that will have you banging your head on the desk, wall or steering wheel. Where Skullview truly shines are on the more epic tracks, like "Privilege of Power" and the mighty title track, "MetalKill the World." Borrowing the spoken intro bit from Manowar's bag of tricks, these songs slow down the pace and crank up the mood, delivering a truly intense listening experience. Even the "ballad," "Blind and Unconscious," is sufficiently heavy, though a bit long at 7:55.
There are a couple of nits I picked with MetalKill the World. First, the production sometimes leaves the guitars behind a bit, in favor of the vocals and drums. The lead work also doesn't seem to live up to the epic nature of the rest of the music. And speaking of the vocals, Mike "Earthquake" Quimby Lewis (what a fantastic nickname!) certainly has a powerful voice, but oftentimes reminds me of Zack de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine. Quite frankly, that got on my nerves after a while, but is easily forgiven when he lets an Eric Adams-like scream rip.
MetalKill the World didn't blow me away, but that's just me. I would recommend fans of Heavy and Epic Metal check out Skullview's latest.
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