|Review: Jesters Moon - Jesters Moon|
Label: Man In Black Music
Year released: 2002
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 24, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)
Jesters Moon hail from Oregon, and they make things clear right away in their bio and promo stuff: "No nu-metal, no rap-metal,no alt-metal! Just Heavy Metal!!!". That is definitely accurate. The band plays some traditional heavy metal, very heavily 80s-influenced, with some hard rock thrown in the mix. There are some melodies in there that also seem to borrow from 70s hard rock, although I couldn't quite put my finger on it. The many catchy riffs on this album will remind you of the first half of the 80s, there's even a riff in there that seems to come directly from early Def Leppard (High 'n' Dry?) - you know, back when they didn't suck and didn't play in the parking lot at Wal-Mart.. er OK, back on topic now. :) While the band's influences are very present in the music, we're not talking ripoff here - Jesters Moon incorporate these elements into their own sound which has a more "modern" touch to it, and the result is quite catchy, if not simply addictive. I've been headbanging quite a bit on this one for a while now, and I think it'll keep stealing playtime from other albums for another while.
It took me a few listens to really get into this album, and I think that's partly due to the vocals. While very good at times, sometimes they seem to suffer slightly from the production, or the singer just tried something he's not too capable of handling. Still, after a few listens you get used to it and it's not too much of a bother. Surely some more work on the vocals and a slightly better (but not overdone) production will help future recordings. For now I'm afraid some people won't be able to go past that (shame shame..)
Jesters Moon have produced here an album with so much variety that it never gets boring, and the guitar work on this will keep your ears busy and happy from beginning to end. "Jesters Moon" is 54 minutes that just go by too fast. From slow melodies to aggressive riffage, there's something for almost everyone here. Let's hope that this band gets the respect it deserves. Highly recommended.
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