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Review: Halloween - Terrortory

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 72:20
Tracks: 16
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 19, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.57/5 (51.43%) (7 Votes)

Halloween have never been a first-rate band, but on their classic works like Don't Metal With Evil and Victims of the Night they produced plenty of energy, hooky riffs, and singable melodies. This album has none of these things. The guitar sound is suitably heavy, but singer Brian Thomas seems to have lost all his power, as he is enervated and dull, often drowned out by the uneven mix. I would be more upset about not being able to hear him if he were singing anything cool, but his vocal lines are tepid and pedantic.

There are no really good riffs or any kind of real leads on this disc, and the whole thing just kind of plods along at a deathly slow pace with no verve or sense of excitement or drive. The guitars just chunk along, providing no melodies to speak of and dragging things out interminably. Things kind of get going on track 7 "Scare You", which is faster than the other death-march tunes and flashes a bit of melody at the start, which it quickly ditches. The vocal lines and recording job are just atrocious here as well. Man, the mix on this thing is really horrible – has anyone associated with this album ever been in a studio before?

I'm always pulling for old bands to keep kicking ass, but this is pretty embarrassing: weak songs, dragging compositions, lame vocals and a shitty mix make this a chore to sit through.

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